Do you enjoy school and learning?
Do you like sharing information?
Do you help others with schoolwork or studying?
Is speaking to groups exciting for you?
What it takes:
- Resilience, dedication and a positive out-look.
- A love for working with people and sharing information.
- Strong academic and study skills.
- A confident personality.
Look around you...
If you are very social and enjoy presenting information to others, working in Education and Training may be the right career choice for you. Those in Education and Training, most often instruct through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and experiential learning. Education has hidden responsibilities, like maintaining records and developing rubrics to evaluate student progress. Those in Education and Training constantly adapt their teaching methods to meet the varying needs of their students.
All disciplines and subjects need dedicated, organized teachers, trainers and coaches. For those who thrive on working with people and talking, teaching, training or coaching may be a good fit. After successfully completing high school, you will need to complete a degree in a related field. Some technical fields require an associate’s degree, but most teaching professions require a bachelor’s degree and/or an advanced degree. Public school teachers must meet the certification and licensing requirements of the state they wish to teach in.
English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL)
English as a Second Language Teachers (ESL) are sometimes referred to as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teachers. They do exactly what their title describes. They instruct students whose first language is not English, in reading, writing and speaking properly in English. Usually, they focus on immediate needs for real- world situations that relate to school, work or daily living. Many times, especially when working with young students, the new language is taught in fun, immersive ways.
To become an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher, you must have empathy for others learning a new language. You should be prepared to travel if necessary and ready to dedicate time for your own training and education as an instructor. A bachelor’s degree is required to enter into an advanced training program for English as a Second Language Teachers. Some employers require additional certifications, most require certifications and a master’s degree. Teaching licensure may also be required for public programs.