Uncommon Careers in Education
A Bachelor’s degree in Education doesn’t guarantee you’ll go to work as a teacher. Maybe you’re not willing or able to complete the necessary steps to become licensed in your state. But don’t get discouraged. Your education degree is worthwhile and could lead to a variety of potential careers in education. Here are some possible career paths for graduates with education degrees whose professional goals may not be the traditional classroom:
Training and Development
Training and development specialists can be found in nearly every industry. The skills you learn in your education program are incredibly relevant to this career because you’ll develop curriculum and instruct employees in a classroom or virtual setting. In most organizations, the purpose of this role is to ensure that programs are developed to improve employees’ skills and job knowledge. In order to learn more about careers in Training and Development, consider attending a local chapter meeting with the Association for Talent Development or the Society for Human Resource Management.
If you have a passion for innovation and have always dreamt of being your own boss, starting your own business could be a viable way to put your education degree to use. Perhaps you have a knack for coaching others or have a bright new idea that would benefit the education industry. Starting your own business in education could be a wonderful way to fulfill your desire to run your own company while still educating others. Gaining a mentor and taking advantage of the additional resources that SCORE has to offer is one way to begin determining if this path is right for you.
Social and Community Service
It’s likely that helping others was a main reason for pursuing your degree in education. Even if you aren’t planning to give back in the classroom, you can still give back to your community by seeking employment with a local non-profit organization. Consider the causes that you are most passionate about.
What population of people do you hope to help most? Websites like Volunteer Match and Idealist are wonderful ways to begin searching for organizations that you may want to pursue in your job search. Consider volunteering with an organization to familiarize yourself with their cause and possibly get your foot in the door.
Career exploration, with any degree, is an essential part of ensuring that you find a career that is right for you. To continue exploring, visit O*Net OnLne for more information on these careers.
Written by Kelly Dahlke
Kelly is a Career Services Specialist at Ashford University.