Published March 30, 2008
Many people enjoy successful careers only to come to the realization that something is missing. That 'something' is often supplied by a desire to teach. Can you become a teacher later in life? The answer is a qualified 'Yes!' What is involved? You need to make sure that your credentials are in order. A master's degree in your subject will always get your resume noticed. A teaching certificate and/or education courses will strongly support your application.
Questions You Need To Ask Yourself
Are you a digital dinosaur?
If you have not interwoven technology into your life, then look at some profession other than teaching. Private schools have been in the vanguard of technology use in the classroom since the mid 1990's. Being a digital dinosaur will simply not cut it these days.
Have you stopped learning?
If you have, then find something else to do. Teaching is all about being a life-long learner. After all, that is what you are encouraging your young charges to be, isn't it? Your intellectual curiosity must never die. It is the hallmark of a good teacher.
Do you bristle at change?
You need to look elsewhere if you cannot stand change. Teaching is not a static profession. True, some things stay the same. A teacher will always stimulate, inspire, guide and direct. But what you teach and the way you teach is dynamic. The methodologies and presentation are changing constantly to adapt to new circumstances.
Is your network up to date?
Your friends and colleagues are the best way to open the doors and get you noticed. Every private school position will have dozens of applicants. Your application must stand out from the crowd. A well-maintained network is critical to your job search success.
What about your age?
It is against the law to discriminate on the basis of age. A few gray hairs and birthday in the '60's and '70's is a non-issue. Thousands of men and women have made the sort of career change which you are contemplating. They are very glad that they took up teaching. Shaping young lives and stimulating young minds is a rich, rewarding experience.
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