New career for an disillusioned teacher?
January 30, 2010 7:03 PM Subscribe
What's an okay paying new career for an disillusioned teacher?
posted by debbie_ann to work & money (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have always wanted to be an art teacher. I have a BA in Illustration and an MA in Art Education. However, the school I'm at is probably closing along with lots of other area schools. Before this job, I taught art in a rough area and decided that if teaching involves being in schools like that I'd rather wait tables. Last year I became the art teacher at a lovely K - 8 Catholic School where I am overwhelmed with joy and fulfillment when I teach art. I'm now also the computer teacher, which is okay.
If my school closes I will need a new career. Fast. It's safe to assume there will be about no openings for art teachers next year. I need to make at least $25,000, with regular daytime hours (I have a toddler) and I have to stay in Cleveland.
I have a few bucks saved up and am wondering if I can quickly acquire relatively lucrative new job skills. Maybe Microsoft Office certification could help me land a receptionist job. Maybe I should become a notary public. Maybe I should try to work for the census. Basically I have no idea what to do. I'm over-educated and over-specialized. Everything I look up about career change tells me to think about my 'dreams'. Right now my dream is to make enough money to feed my family without being a ball of stress at the end of the work day.
Ideas? What is the quickest cheapest way I can get into a new career? What quick skill-training program would be worth the money from an entry-level salary standpoint?