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Different Options For Pursuing Education as a Profession

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Did you know that you don't have to be a teacher to pursue a career in education?There are many options to consider. Here's a few different options !

If you are considering of working in a school or a college, you need to decide what your career you want. Being a teacher is a demanding yet rewarding profession, but is this your ideal career path? I mean, yeah you may want to work alongside children, but do you like teaching?

Perhaps you want to try out something different. Maybe you feel that you aren’t suited to a classroom full of students. Instead, you see yourself working in a quiet office at a school where not all students come in as soon as they hear the bell ringing.

See Also: How to Advance in Your Career as a Teacher

The good news is that there are many career options to choose from if you are interested in education. Apart from the obvious one of becoming a teacher - early year’s teacher, primary, secondary school, special educational needs teacher, or FE teacher - we also have some other choices you might want to look into before making your decision.

#1 Education Administrator 

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Education administrators are responsible for organising and managing the administration, support systems and activities that allow an educational institute to operate efficiently. They work mainly in colleges and universities although there are also many positions available in public and private schools.

Even though these professionals don’t work with children directly and don’t have any teaching responsibilities, they take care of many of the activities in a school and contribute to policy and planning.

#2 Careers Adviser

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Career advisers can work in educational institutions and help students make informed decisions about their future. These professionals provide information, advice and guidance to students who want to know what their career options are. When working in FE or HE, career advisers also help students build CVs, develop their skills, increase their employability and find jobs.

#3 Learning Mentor

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Another good option within education is becoming a learning mentor. Learning mentors can help students overcome difficulties in learning to help them achieve their full potential. Essentially, these professionals provide a complementary service to teachers and other staff dealing with students’ punctuality, absence, challenging behaviour and abuse issues. Working in primary, secondary and FE settings, they also communicate with the students’ families to make sure their needs are covered.

#4 Youth Worker

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Youth workers help to facilitate personal, social and educational development in young people so that they can become good citizens and productive members of society. Working with young people aged between 11 to 25 years old, these professionals are based in youth centres, schools, colleges and faith-based groups. What they do is assess the needs of young people, and plan and deliver programmes related to areas such as health, fitness, smoking, relationships and bullying. They also mentor, coach and support individuals to promote social inclusion.

#5 Speech and Language Therapist

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If you want to make a big difference in a lot of children's lives, becoming a speech and language therapist is another great option. These professionals help people who have various levels of speech, language and communication problems and with those who have swallowing, drinking or eating difficulties. They also help people with physical or learning disabilities, hearing loss or have psychiatric disorders and dementia. For this reason speech and language therapists often work alongside other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychologists and occupational therapists.

See Also: How to Become Self-Educated

As you can see, there are many options to choose from if you decide that you want to pursue a career in education. If you think that teaching isn’t necessarily your thing but want to work in schools, then you might want to look into these professions.

But, if you are already a teacher, studying these subjects at Master’s degree level can help you change the course of your career and also increase your job prospects.

Are you interested in education? Which of these profession(s) would you choose? Let me know in the comments section below…

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