You don’t have to teach them that they have options

On a visit to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Florida, I met a nurse. In one of our many conversations, she announced that previously, she was a trained school teacher who had taught for several years. I was also reminded by a colleague from St. Kitts-Nevis that many of his past and current officials were teachers. This included the only woman on the government team, Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Planner of Education and Director of Education.

As a teacher, these experiences ‘shook me to the core’ because they went against the deeply held belief that teaching is not a stepping stone or a stepping stone to another career. However, reflecting on my deeply ingrained and ingrained idealistic notion for a long time, I came to the conclusion that the action of the “ teacher who becomes a nurse ” and the other highlighted above, may have “ reached the of age ” and that they are encouraged by the nature of the career trends of the 21st century and the nature of teacher education and training.

The nature of 21S t-professional trends of the century

What are the racing trends of the 21st century? First, it is an understood fact that a large number of people do not work in the area in which they have their degree. Second, even if one is fortunate enough to be employed in the area listed in the title, the average adult will change jobs several times throughout their career. The reasons for doing so are many. However, given these current professional realities, it seems irrational to insist that teachers in general, and especially those who have not been renewed, bitter and disenchanted, limit themselves to teaching because they are trained teachers. Because, as we see, limiting yourself to a single job during a period of life is no longer the norm in 21st century careers, but the exception.

The nature of teacher education and training

The nature of the education and training that teachers receive and, in particular, the skills and content knowledge that they develop during training are transferable to other jobs. This also helps foster the idea that it may be time to promote teaching as a stepping stone to other careers. For example, teachers during training develop technical, numerical, communication and social skills that are highly desirable in most organizations. The skills and knowledge developed make teachers suitable for jobs such as:

Entry-level managers

Corporate trainers

Sales staff

HR staff

Project coordinators

Event managers

Entry-level software developer

Social workers

Administrative positions

Real estate agent

Insurance agent

Business services


This is by no means a complete list, but it helps to back up what I am saying.

I should point out to those who might object to reason number two for promoting teaching as a stepping stone or stepping stone to other careers, that this fact should not be construed as an accusation against teacher education and training, but as an endorsement of its dynamic nature. . .