Put Your Education (Experience) to Work

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I just finished watching a segment on our local news station on the “Top Teacher” award. Students or co-workers nominate a teacher in the area for this award based on his/her expertise and effectiveness in the classroom. Whenever I see this segment, I am in awe of teachers who are dedicated to working tirelessly at their job every day in the classroom to make a difference in the lives of so many young people.

What if you are just as skilled and passionate as these educators, but working in a classroom isn’t your thing? It happens to people in all kinds of professions. They love the work, but not the work environment. They want to use their skills and education, but in a different way and setting. Educators have to be able to build rapport with their students and give interesting, creative presentations. They have to be organized and detail oriented, handle stress and a variety of job responsibilities. These skills are very transferrable, and can lead to some education-oriented, fascinating careers.

I recently wrote an article about Shannon Scott, a Storyist in Savannah, who graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, but has a thriving business conducting tours in Savannah. He took his love for colonial history, the paranormal, and Savannah’s reputation as the “most haunted city in America” and now educates hundreds of Savannah’s tourists on an almost daily basis on his history-rich, entertaining tours through Bonaventure Cemetery or the haunted buildings and locations in Savannah’s Historic District.

If you love teaching and the outdoors, you might be interested in a position as a National Park Tour Guide. I can just imagine talking to a group of tourists, standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon or pointing out the volcanic activity of California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Federal Government is known for stability and great perks, such as good pay, insurance and retirement benefits.

Education takes many forms, and not all of them require the four walls of a classroom. Some large organizations with a global presence and families living overseas often provide private tutoring for expat children and foreign language and customs training for employees. Getting creative in your job search, researching target companies, and using online job search sites like http://www.educationjobsite.com/ can help find the perfect job situation for you.

Do you know of a great non-traditional education job? Share with the other readers in the comments section below.

Mary Nestor-Harper, SPHR, is a consultant, blogger, motivational speaker and freelance writer for educationjobsite.com. Based in Savannah, GA, her work has appeared in Training magazine, Training & Development magazine, Supervision, BiS Magazine and The Savannah Morning News. When she’s not writing, she enjoys singing Alto II with the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and helping clients discover what they love and spend their life on it. You can read more of her blogs at http://www.educationjobsiteblog.com/ and view additional job postings on Nexxt

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