How can I become a professional computer literacy tutor?
February 1, 2011 11:37 AM Subscribe
Recently, I've found that I enjoy and am good at teaching people basic computer literacy and helping them with other technical issues. Is there any way I can turn this into a job in Austin?
posted by xenophile to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some examples. My mom was overwhelmed by setting up her cell phone account, and by dismantling her voicemail service and then setting up a new answering machine. I did all that for her, and in the process I could clearly see why it was confusing for someone who didn't learn the "language" of technology growing up (she's 70).
Last night, I helped a 60-ish friend of mine learn how to use a USB drive to transfer Word files from one PC to another. One of the PCs uses Word 2010 (which of course has been "improved" again by an increasingly young team of programmers who write programs that are increasingly over the heads of older folks) and the other, Word 97-2003.
I showed him how to save files to different folders, save docx as doc, safely remove the USB, put a USB icon on the desktop, and find files and folders. I also helped him install some extra virus protection.
I enjoyed this very much. I think this sort of tutoring is increasingly necessary, and I've seen how tech knowledge gaps can handicap people and allow them to be taken advantage of (computer viruses are one example; my mom hemorrhaging money for voicemail when an answering machine will do is another).
I'll be moving to Austin by the end of the week and will immediately start job-hunting. I'm a writer by trade, but I do have teaching experience (as a grad student). I also have experience writing instructional manuals. Teaching people step-by-step ways to use their technology is like that, except verbal. Any suggestions on where to start looking for basic tech skills tutoring jobs?