Some people seem to have been born with the knack of relaying information in a fashion that makes even the most complicated or esoteric information easily understood by others. These are the natural born teachers of the world and many of them are, in fact, employed as school teachers.
But school teachers, in the most traditional sense, aren’t the only people pursuing education careers. Effective teaching ability is a highly valued skill that is in demand in almost every industry across the board.
Education careers in “Corporate America” may lead to the training department of a major company, where job duties may mean helping coworkers learn new skills in order to boost their careers, perhaps get promotions or transfers, and maybe even bigger paychecks.
Good teachers with a generous spirit may want to channel their education careers in the non-profit sector of the workforce. Jobs here may involve helping someone who is living in a disadvantaged situation learn the daily skills needed to break the cycle of poverty, get to college, or raise a family more effectively. This type of teacher may work for the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, or any one of dozens of equally worthwhile humanitarian organizations.
Teachers who like the classroom but don’t want to pursue education careers in the public school system might find jobs in private schools, tutoring programs, and in vocational and technical schools.
Many really good teachers don’t pursue education careers at all. They may, instead, share their knowledge as a volunteer in any number of practical ways while holding other jobs or begin teaching after retirement. These folks are the volunteers conducting computer classes at the neighborhood library, serving as docents at the local zoo, or helping fledgling entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of the business world.
Regardless of how these natural-born teachers elect to pursue education careers, as paid professionals or as volunteers, one thing they all have in common is an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. And it’s something they just can’t help but share.