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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:18:12 PM
If you or someone you know found a career outside of the classroom can you please share what the new career is? Stay at home mom is not an option for me, but I'm ready to do something different.
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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:21:30 PM
Social work/human services jobs are common for people with education degrees. The agency I work for has several retired/former teachers.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:36:44 PM
I'm now a secretary in a middle school and am ever so much happier.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:38:30 PM
I have stayed in the youth/teaching field - currently the Youth Development Coordinator at a Family Resource Centre and also taught a government sponsored pre and post natal program for pregnant and parenting teens. DH was a teacher before he joined the military - his trade requires a BEd - but not sure that is the career idea you are looking for if you were a primary teacher have you considered opening a pre-school?

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Posted: 4/8/2014 9:57:42 PM
My dd has a degree in secondary science education. She taught HS biology for 2 years and discovered that being a classroom teacher is not for her.

She's working as an educator at a zoo/aquarium and loves what she is doing now. She's not certain if she wants to stay in the education department or if she wants to eventually move into animal care.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:08:37 PM
I live in a college town. Many teachers leave their jobs and go to work in some capacity at the university. There are many jobs at the university that benefit from the skills a teacher has.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:17:05 PM
You could always develop Common Core curriculum (heeheehee!). If you come across a classroom that I could actually be a teacher again, let me know! I know of so many talented teachers who are looking for alternatives because of what is happening to our schools... we really just miss being teachers!
My uncle is working for the county museums doing on site 'field trips' and loves it. I know several teachers who are monitoring homeschoolers for the district and private companies. The homeschoolers check in once a week (either in person or online). I have one friend who worked for a temp agency to see if the business world was for her - she got hired and loves it.
Good luck! Please let us know where you end up!

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June 2005
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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:28:57 PM
My aunt taught sixth grade and then middle school math for about five years. Then they moved to Las Vegas. She got a job with commercial real estate firm. Now she manages the leases for some large properties. When the market was really strong in Vegas, her bonuses were close to her entire teaching salary for one year. She basically started with the company in a low level position and worked her way on up.



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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:54:11 PM
I have a friend that majored in special ed is now the special ed coordinator for her school district.
Another friend that majored in phys ed now runs a city youth sports and fitness program.
One of my Aunts became a school librarian and another went into administration and was an assistant principle.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 10:56:31 PM
Educator at a zoo/aquarium/museum.


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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:10:26 PM
I left the classroom when my DD was born. I coached in a building for one year and then I moved into my current job mentoring beginning teachers.

I don't know if I will ever go back into the classroom. As a PP said, I wish I could because I miss teaching but classrooms aren't what they were even 5 years ago.

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Posted: 4/8/2014 11:13:34 PM
I am an administrative assistant. I think a friend of mine who used to teach is now in some kind of project management.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 6:11:42 AM
Do you have any hobbies that could pay?

If I were to quit teaching, I'd coach volleyball all winter at one of the area clubs. I could also give riding lessons and expand my photography interests. I make tshirt quilts and do graphic design work. I think I could be an event manager, and I'd make one heck of an executive secretary.

I don't want to do any of those activities full time/enough to 'pay the bills', but it's nice to know I have some things I could fall back on if needed.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 6:32:32 AM
I quit teaching special ed after 18 years in the classroom. I am now a vocational evaluator for a non profit that helps people with disabilities gain employability skills. I love my job!

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:33:03 AM
The academic advising staff at the university where I used to work was full of former teachers and mid-career teachers working on graduate degrees at night. The job didn't require evening planning time so it was much easier to go to school while doing that job than to do it while teaching, plus you got discounted tuition as a university employee. Working for a public university also kept you earning years in the state's teacher retirement system, so it was a popular way for teachers without enough years for full retirement to have an easier "desk" job and still be working toward the retirement they'd earned.

It paid less than teaching and, of course, it was a 12-month work schedule, but many took that tradeoff for the benefits it offered.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:13:53 AM
I was in the classroom for 15 years. Now I'm a workshop facilitator for a contract from the Department of Labor. I work part time. This has allowed me to go back to school. I'll be done with my masters in December, and then (hopefully) I'll be working at the college level. My goal is to be in the athletic department.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:16:16 AM
If you live in NJ you could work for

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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:51:33 PM
My dh has is teaching degree & his Masters as well, and when he had difficulty finding a teaching job after we moved (for my jo he got a job doing instructional design at a local polytechnic college. He'd rather be teaching, but the pay isn't bad and the benefits are great.


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PeaNut 9,321
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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:59:34 PM
testing coordinator/proctor/administrator


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Posted: 4/9/2014 2:40:10 PM

The academic advising staff at the university where I used to work was full of former teachers and mid-career teachers working on graduate degrees at night. The job didn't require evening planning time so it was much easier to go to school while doing that job than to do it while teaching, plus you got discounted tuition as a university employee. Working for a public university also kept you earning years in the state's teacher retirement system, so it was a popular way for teachers without enough years for full retirement to have an easier "desk" job and still be working toward the retirement they'd earned.
That is the route I'm hoping to take. I am currently temping at my university as an administrative assistant, and I recently interviewed for an advising position as well as a part-time grants coordinator.

It's harder to get in than you might think, though. Most of the jobs I am currently qualified to do are "classified" positions, and internal candidates get first priority. Basically, if there is a qualified internal candidate, that person must be hired over an external candidate. As a temp, I am considered external, even though the university runs its own temp agency. That's one reason I am interested in the part-time position. Part-time employees are considered internal candidates, and since most of the current employees are not interested in leaving a full-time position for a part-time, I felt I had a better shot at this one.

Unfortunately, the wheels of employment grind slowly at the university, and I don't really expect to know if I got the part-time position or a second interview for the advisor position until at least the end of April. The part-time position is funded by a federal grant, and there is a lot of paperwork involved, so I won't know one way or the other for a while. As for the advisor position, they are in the middle of scheduling for fall, so they haven't put together the search team to do the next round of interviews. UGH!

If I get the part-time position, I plan to sub in the public schools two days a week since I can set my own hours. That gets me a little extra money and keeps me in the county's eyesight if I decide I want to go back to teaching.

Eventually, I would like to get a position with the athletic department as an academic coach and NCAA compliance officer. That would be the perfect job for me to combine my background in education with my law degree.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 3:42:34 PM
I have a former teacher friend that runs a co-op for homeschooling families.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 5:03:38 PM
I am watching this thread for ideas. I love my students, but it is getting harder and harder to deal with the demands outside of the classroom.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:08:21 PM
If you live in NJ you could work for

ETS has online scoring positions too as well as onsite scoring positions in other states.



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Posted: 4/10/2014 12:36:31 AM
My cousin worked at the local university in a department advising students which courses to take. She majored in primary education. I am sure she only stepped foot in a school when she did her practicums.

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January 2006
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Posted: 4/10/2014 8:06:16 AM
my mom has a teaching degree and has NEVER used it. for the last several years, she's worked as a trainer for various companies, usually ones need data entry workers. after a couple of years at her last job, she now works from home making training modules for the company. she LOVES that.

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Posted: 4/10/2014 10:53:26 AM
Trainer, counselor, private teacher... there are so many things teachers can do!

Almost all my jobs have pulled heavily on my teaching strengths.

Retail sales - teaching clients about products.
Case manager
Probation officer

Lots of options.



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May 2006
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Posted: 4/10/2014 5:45:37 PM
I know someone who recently left teaching English at a private Christian school and now works for a textbook company. My mom, also a teacher, says it's a common job move for teachers who want more money.

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Posted: 4/10/2014 6:41:25 PM
I worked as a parent educator for a non-profit. I'm back in school now for nursing.

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Posted: 4/10/2014 8:30:59 PM
Private tutoring, here in NYC, is a huge market.

Human resources - corporate training.

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Posted: 4/10/2014 9:08:00 PM
A lot of alternatives don't have the benefits you get as a teacher. Having a pension is becoming very rare with most jobs. 401Ks are a joke compared to having a pension and the health insurance that goes along with it. I am sad that teaching has become far less desirable than it use to be. I stuck it out for 29 years but these days I can't advise anyone to go into education.
Whenever I interviewed for a job outside the classroom...mainly for community college or university positions...affirmative action was in full was basically impossible if you were a white straight female....the interviewing teams were always minorities and gay white men. One time I filled out a community college application as a Native American...I was called for an interview was actually amusing. Of course, once they saw my blonde hair and blue eyes, the interview was basically over.
Good luck finding an alternative to a classroom job. Teaching overseas is something to look into if you are not tied to an area. It can be totally different than US classrooms. I taught in both Singapore and the Marshall Islands, Many of my friends teach in international schools and really enjoy it. But private schools like those with often the tuition being $20K a year brings a much different dynamic to the classroom.

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PeaNut 9,321
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Posted: 4/10/2014 9:47:03 PM
Make money designing lesson plans and other stuff for TeachersPayTeachers. Some people on there make bank, and they are also working full-time in the classroom. Google for case studies.

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Posted: 4/11/2014 12:01:29 AM
Online teaching @, etc.


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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:19:03 AM
When I could not keep up w/ the physical demands of teaching Pre-K and Kinder...I became a 911 dispatcher. I do love this job and use a lot of the same skills. I often miss teaching, but I am enjoying this as well.

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PeaNut 2,387
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Posted: 4/14/2014 3:38:01 AM
Thanks for the great ideas. Anyone know how to break into the textbook company market, especially Scholastic?


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Posted: 4/14/2014 8:55:19 AM
Bumping this one up. I am interested in possibly moving into the textbook arena too.


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