Trying to choose a career path can be extremely difficult. Whether you are just starting out in the world of work or are looking to change your career path and start a new one entirely, the decision can be very challenging and confusing. There is a huge number of different options that may be available to you, and choosing one can seem an impossible task.
One field that is extremely popular is that of education. Education is a broad field and includes job roles ranging from teaching to administration to educational direction. There is also a large number of different types of institutions that you can work at, from schools to colleges to carrying out private tuition.
But what benefits are there in pursuing a career in the field of education? In this article we will explore some of them.
The Barriers to Entry Are Usually Low
Compared to many other fields, education is not particularly difficult to get into. Although you will need to have some specific qualifications for many teaching jobs, they are usually accessible, and these courses can be taken alongside other work. If you choose to go into private tuition, sometimes all that you will need is knowledge of a particular skill (such as a language or musical instrument) in order to get started.
Much of the training for becoming a teacher can be taken while on the job, which means that you can earn money while you are still learning and gaining experience. This makes education a career path that can be started at almost any time by almost anyone. Even if you are aiming to become an educational director or another similarly advanced position in education, there are ways to enroll in EdD programs without GRE certification.
The Skills Learnt Are Highly Transferable
Being an educator requires a broad range of skills, and you are likely to hone and develop these skills as you work. For example, teaching a lesson to a class involves planning the lesson before carrying it out, adapting to unexpected challenges, communicating effectively to students, and even mediating conflict between students. Educating incorporates a wide range of personal skills and soft skills that you can develop and strengthen while you work.
Skills such as organization, communication, teamwork, negotiation, and mediation are useful in a countless number of job roles and career paths. Even if you do not stay in the field of education for life, the benefits to your working life, in general, can be immeasurable. Fields such as business, management, finance, and local government are just a few examples of sectors where these skills can be applied. If you decide to stay in education but change job role (for example, move from elementary to high school education, or high school to undergraduate), there are usually plenty of opportunities for you to do so.
The Work-Life Balance Can Be Great
There is a reason that working in education is very popular with parents with young families. Working as a teacher, for example, can fit neatly into a daily schedule if you have children of school age themselves because you will mostly be working when they are at school. In addition to this, the summer and Christmas holidays provide a great opportunity to spend time with your family!
If you are working as a private tutor, you can probably be even more flexible with your working hours. Whatever your desired daily schedule and personal commitments, you will most likely be able to balance these with your work. If you are working as a college lecturer, you will most likely spend a significant amount of time preparing lectures and grading papers, but your hours of teaching will probably not be too high. Whatever job role or level, education usually offers a more desirable work-life balance than that of other fields.
You Can Learn a Lot Yourself
Educating other people usually requires you to learn a lot yourself. Of course, a lot of what you teach you will already be familiar with, as you will have studied it yourself. However, you are still highly likely to learn new things, remind yourself of things that you may have forgotten, and generally strengthen your knowledge and expertise on your chosen topic.
As well as learning about your field of study itself, working in education can teach you a lot of other skills. Some of these are the ‘soft skills’ mentioned earlier, and you are also likely to discover new perspectives. Teaching skills to other people can lead you to look at the world in a different way in order to communicate effectively. This can have significant benefits in all areas of your life.
The Work is Rewarding and Fulfilling
One of the main draws of a career in education is the reward. The starting salaries are usually competitive, with much room for increase, but we are not just talking about monetary reward! Education is not just financially fulfilling but is also emotionally fulfilling too. Educating others can give you a sense of achievement when you successfully share a skill with someone else, whether they are a small child or a postgraduate.
As well as knowing that you are helping individuals, you can also feel like you are playing an active role in helping your community and wider society by shaping the minds of future generations and teaching them the skills that they need to succeed in life. Many people credit a great teacher with hanging their outlook on life! Working in education is not always easy, but you can usually go to sleep at the end of the day knowing that you are making a real difference.
There are many more benefits to pursuing a career in education, and these will vary depending on which particular sector and job role you are working in. Finding the role that best suits you may take some time but enrolling in a course to become an educator can help you to work out exactly how you can best fit into the field.