Passing on your knowledge
A career in education is one that will likely never leave you looking for work. Educators, teachers and administrators are always in high demand across the country. There's also a variety of opportunities available to you if you complete training in education - you're not stuck with teaching, if you decide later on you're not interested. With your training you can enter a number of different fields, including:
- Early childhood education (ECE)
- Elementary and Secondary school teaching
- Post secondary education
- Special education
- Teaching assistant
- Adult education
- Educational administration
- Library and resource development
- Corporate training
You can choose the age group you wish to work with, as well as how involved you want to be with the students or trainees.
A Non-Traditional Workplace
A career in education or teaching offers a great alternative to the typical nine-to-five office job. Depending on the type of position you take, your hours will vary, as will the number of days you work. For example, if you choose to go into teaching, you'll only spend about five and a half hours a day with your students. Of course, you'll also spend time participating in extra curricular activities, planning your lessons and marking assignments - but, you can opt to take summers off!
The people you interact with in an education career are also quite different. You may be dealing with very young children, adults returning to school or perhaps post secondary students. If you're on the administrative side, you'll be working closely with teachers and other school management. You'll be part of a dedicated and creative team invested in sharing knowledge and making learning more enjoyable.
You can also focus a career in education in the corporate world. Trainers are often utilized to get new employees started and help established employees keep their skills up to date. They may also be closely involved in other human resources issues, such as employee policy and procedures.
What to Expect
The one thing you can be sure to expect in a career in education is the unexpected! Every day will offer new challenges and introduce you to new people and learning styles.
Salary ranges are quite vast in the education field. What you make will depend on the type of job you commit to and the organization you're involved with. Some positions can pay in the low range of $20 000 a year, while top administrators and educators can boast salaries of over $100 000 a year.