I am sure you have heard the old saying, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Well, here is an update to that. Those who can’t find a job, teach. With the economy and job market the way it is, many new college graduates are having a hard time finding a job in what they trained for. But while many companies are firing, higher education is hiring.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes desperately need native English speakers- whether they have a degree in Business, Accounting, or Art. There are also opportunities in working with people with disabilities in a college setting. You can help disabled students to take notes, take tests, or just proctor exams.
Wherever your interests lie, there is an opportunity for you to teach. You may have a degree in business but have an interest in writing or grammar. Many colleges will give you an opportunity to use the skills you mastered as long as you can document them. Classes taken, certifications received, and papers published all validate your background.
You may think that you cannot be a teacher because you do not like talking in front of crowds. Or maybe you just do not think you would be good with children. Not to worry, there are places for you. Adult learning is a huge part of college, especially in community colleges, ESL, and night classes. There is no need for you to keep track of a roomful of teenagers then.
Do not let the idea of speaking in front of crowds spook you away either. Many colleges are turning to smaller classes, with groups of less than thirty students at a time. Even if you have a fear of public speaking, thirty people is hardly a mob. Plus, as a teacher in a position of authority, you really have nothing to fear.
If those ideas don’t thrill you, then try teaching online. Online classes are very popular because they offer flexibility for students and drastically decreased costs for schools. Teach from home and never worry about being late to work again.
If you are a recent graduate, a retiree who is looking to get back to work, or even just looking for a new field to work in, try teaching. You can help others, make the world a better place, and get paid for it. So get out there and teach.