Educational consultant jobs are a great fit for teachers transitioning out of the classroom. What you you need to know and the next steps.
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 Consultant Jobs: Is this the right career for you?
An educational consultant’s job is to provide guidance on curriculum, resources, and teaching styles. Educational consultants make decisions and improvements in school systems, corporations, and home-based settings as well. An educational consultant job may be a full time career change or a part-time deal to start. This, of course, will depend on your personal goals – long and short term.
Skills for Success
First, teachers with an eye the big picture and finding innovative ways to solve problems have an aptitude for many of the skills needed for educational consultant jobs. 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 for educational consultant jobs 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 important, especially for people who don’t quite have the skillset but want a particular career. 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.
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 helpful list of companies and school districts that are already looking for consultants. You will be surprised at how many companies 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. Not all are associated with education. College Ready, Allied Solutions, Edmentum, Rosetta Stone, and Curriculum Associates
Where to Find Educational Consultant Jobs
Online job boards, such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Indeed, will also help to find open educational consultant jobs. 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 an independent educational consultant job, where you are 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 love the idea of working for yourself, sign up for meetings with your local Chamber of Commerce. This is a great networking opportunity. 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
Finally, I’ll share a story about how I got into educational consulting – by taking a chance. After I’d left the classroom for an instructional design position, 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. My classroom experience gave me a huge advantage over the other applicants. This educational consultant job had amazing perks. “But what’s the catch??” I thought. There was no catch.
That first job after leaving teaching launched me into a career in educational technology. Moreover, I have had access to upward mobility that allows me to earn nearly four times my original salary. All this in only four years after leaving the classroom.
When opportunity knocks, don’t be afraid to answer the door. Transitioning out of the classroom is a big step. It can be overwhelmingly scary to leave a career that you once thought would bring you to retirement. But taking that step into an educational consultant job or any other career outside the classroom could impact your life in ways you never imagined.
Help for soon-to-be Former Teachers
This is proof positive that there are plenty of opportunities out there. Companies are looking for the talent and the skills teachers specialize in, including jobs as an educational consultant in particular.
If the classroom is no longer your cup of tea, there are plenty of opportunities and resources available to you. You can find the right job to match your skills, just like I did. Because of this, I created a course to help walk teachers through transitioning out of the classroom. The Teacher Career Coach Course has helped thousands of teachers transition out of the classroom.
This complete course will walk you through all the steps to transitioning out of the classroom. For example: identifying the positions you are the most qualified for, writing your resume, network with the right people to get your foot in the door, answer tricky interview questions, and more! We’ve helped thousands of teachers begin their transition. Are you ready?
Check out how Claire landed a consulting job with an Ed Tech company after completing The Teacher Career Coach Course!
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