If you’re a teacher looking for a new career, an educational consultant may be the right fit. Here’s what you should know about educational consultant jobs.
So, You Want to Be an Educational Consultant?
If you are a teacher looking for a career outside of the classroom but still want to remain in education, one successful career path is an educational consultant. Teachers often flourish in these positions because the work needed combines their teaching skills with their administrative skills. This helps to provide qualitative advice on policies and procedures. Educational consultants also provide guidance on curriculum, resources, and teaching styles. The type of work provided by educational consultants can not only be used to make decisions and improvements in school systems, but corporations and home-based settings as well.
If it’s just a matter of income and you are happy in the classroom, there are many additional ways to earn extra income for teachers.
Skills for Success
Teachers with an eye for seeing the big picture and finding innovative ways to work toward a goal already have an aptitude for many of the skills needed to be a successful education consultant. Typically, the education required for this position includes a master’s degree, Ph.D., Ed.D., or J.D. You can also get additional certifications through the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) or the American Institute for Certified Educational Planners.
The suggested skills and certifications of an educational consultant include: competence in researching, reporting, and analyzing data; experience or aptitude monitoring teachers to offer constructive suggestions; and knowledge of state and local rules regarding curriculum requirements.
A Key Skill For Success: Networking
Networking is also an important skill, especially for people who don’t quite have the skillset yet but really want a career in a certain field. I got my position as an instructional designer without prior experience. I was able to build a great network in the field of instructional design. And helped to secure a position while I learned more skills with on-the-job training. The opportunities are everywhere. You just have to be willing to shake the trees to get the fruit that you want.
There are many jobs for former teachers, and I can help you identify them.
Do Your Research
While you are on the job search the internet is a useful and valuable tool, especially Google. You can start by searching for “Top Jobs for Educational Consultants”. Or, “Top Companies Looking for Educational Consultants” in your area. This should provide you with a lengthy and helpful list of companies and school districts that are already looking for consultants. You will be surprised at how many different companies out there that are in need of a person with the skills of a teacher.
Here are a few high-profile companies I have found that hire educational consultants and not all are associated with education: College Ready, Allied Solutions, Edmentum, Rosetta Stone, andCurriculum Associates.
Where to Find Jobs
Online job boards, such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Indeed, will also help to find open positions. Plus, you can use these sites to find additional information and reviews on topics. Such as: growth potential, employee profiles, promotions after 10 years, etc. This will help you decide if a company is a good fit and worth pursuing.
What to Look for in a Company
Educational consultants are in demand in companies large and small, and there are pros and cons to both. Larger Companies have more name recognition, stability, organizational impact, but are harder to move up the corporate ladder. Smaller companies are more flexible with job openings and growth potential variety. Employees will also be able to take advantage of opportunities to take on multiple roles and learn new skills. A smaller company is less stable, especially if it is a start-up. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, then being an independent education consultant hired by parents or schools is an option. It can give you the freedom to set your own schedule and work in any area you choose. This will take quite a bit of research and networking to get started. But, once you build a robust set of contacts to rely on, you’ll find plenty of opportunities.
Here’s a helpful tip:
If you are more into the idea of working for yourself, sign up and attend meetings with your local Chamber of Commerce. This is a great network opportunity to meet people in your community with connections and contacts that may prove to be useful while building your client base.
Be Willing to Take a Chance
One teacher I interviewed who took a job as an education consultant was a little hesitant to leave teaching because she wasn’t sure what was out there. She shared a little bit of wisdom with me that I will pass along to you: “Then I stumbled across an educational consulting job with a software company. This job opening was amazing because I am passionate about technology in education.
The job was training teachers on how to effectively implement technology in the classroom and my classroom experience gave me a huge advantage over the other applicants. Because there were so many amazing perks—“What’s the catch?” I thought. There was no catch. That initial job I got after teaching launched me into a career in educational technology where I have had access to upward mobility that allows me to earn nearly four times my original salary in only four years after leaving the classroom.”
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