A Recent Question From a Reader:
I have been teaching for 24 years and have a master’s in early childhood education. What other options do I have for employment that would use my skills effectively yet have the same potential for salary?
This is a difficult question to answer, as the reality is that there may not be many options that will allow you to maintain the current level of salary/benefits you enjoy now. Some best options might be with government (city, state, federal) programs relating to children’s issues. The President has emphasized his support for such programs, but it is hard to know legislatively how far that support extends.
Another option might be teaching in a community college/college/university. In some areas, Early Childhood programs are expanding. Due to nation-wide budgetary issues, programs with external funding (such as what Susan Buffett has endowed) are the ones to grow. As always, geographic limitations and the range of skills possessed/required are major factors.
Should the school setting still be desirable, perhaps leadership type roles, or moving up in your current district or another district might be something to consider. Also, sometimes teachers find opportunities in their State Department of Education (which may or may not maintain your current level of salary and benefits). An employment move of this type may require additional education.
As recommended for anyone pondering a career change, explore options and reach out to those already employed in roles you’re considering for their tips and advice (i.e. networking, informational interviewing). These individuals will be extremely helpful in sharing information about both the prospects and realities of such a transition.
Amy Spruce, Human Resources - Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
Rebecca Faber, Career Services - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Cindy Holland, Career Services - University of Delaware
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