Retirement is something most of us look forward to for many years. As an educator, you've certainly earned it! But, there are times retired teachers have second thoughts about staying in retirement. I’ll show you the best jobs for retired teachers.
There are some things that take getting used to after retiring from being a schoolteacher.
Each day for many years, you heard the bells toll, you graded hundreds of tests, you were a mentor to countless numbers of students, and most of all, you were part of a community of educators and students.
Then, it was time to say goodbye. You put your time in and maybe perhaps now, you are earning your pension.
The change from routine can be quite an adjustment, so much so, that many retired teachers opt to come out of retirement and embark on new adventures in other jobs and careers. There are many opportunities awaiting you if this describes you.
You have a lot to offer society outside of the classroom. For one, you’re someone who has mastered helping others gain new knowledge. You’re an expert on how to reach people in an impactful way. Patience was a skill that came as you learned to observe and wait.
While you may have been looking forward to the easy-paced, relaxed living after retirement, now you may be second-guessing that. Perhaps the change in your life is so great, that you feel unchallenged and bored.
Maybe you just want a continued sense of purpose and find it hard to live life without routine. Or maybe you actually need the cash.
Whatever the reason, while it might seem daunting at first to explore your options, they are there for the taking because you have the transferable skills that are an asset in many jobs. Let's look at some of them:
1. Good interpersonal skills
As a teacher, you learned over the years how to work well with others. You had to learn how to work with people from all ages and all walks of life. You brainstormed with other teachers how to better effectively help your school environment and improve as a teacher. You also had to learn how to handle difficult situations and students who may have come from trying situations. You had to it all with diplomacy, discretion, consideration, and professionalism.
2. Good communication skills
Your communication skills were refined through the years, both as a teacher and in many of the situations described above. You also often had to take boring or complex subject matter and make it interesting and simplify it for a student. You had to address people on different levels, from kids to teachers to parents. You had to do so both in written ways as well as verbally. This is years of practice that was probably refined to a science.
3. Good problem-solving skills
Teachers face various problems, from turning a stale, boring curriculum into something that excites or is interesting to students. They also learn to deal with conflict between students. Teachers have to become creative in their solutions and generate positive results where it can seem impossible, at times. This leads to an ability to bring resolution to many types of problems.
4. Ability to work under pressure
A teacher’s job is never easy. From gathering course material and teaching within set time limits or guidelines to grading hundreds of tests in a short period of time, teachers get it done. They are hard workers and use whatever means necessary to accomplish their tasks, even if it mean putting in time at home.
I’m sure there are more skills than this that you’ve gained as a teacher in a classroom over many years’ time. Think of all the ways you’ve mastered these skills and don’t be shy about integrating it into your resume. What you want to do is demonstrate how easy it is to transfer these skills outside of the classroom.
So What Can I Do Now That I’ve Retired?
It depends! The answer is likely nearly anything you want to, provided you have the interest, desire, motivation, and skills necessary to do a job. Let’s look at some examples.
If you taught science in school, you have a few interesting options. Most teachers of science teach the subject because they have a passion for it, almost unlike any other area of teaching.
I mean, most teachers do fall in love with the subjects they teach, but science teachers in particular usually seem impassioned about sparking their students’ interest in the study of the natural world through experimentation and observation.
You might have loved teaching science so much, that one option is to teach on a part-time basis as a substitute teacher. The great thing is that you could still teach the subject you absolutely love and still have some of your retirement time to yourself.
The pay for substitute teachers is about $100 a day, great for a little more than pocket change.
You could also tutor students, either privately or in a learning center. In either case, you could earn $15 to $20 an hour.
Finally, you could put your scientific expertise to work in a museum or at a nature preserve. You might lead tours as a tour guide, lead workshops, or even have a question and answer session on a given subject.
As a retired science teacher, you have a lot to offer and could make someone’s visit to a museum much more exciting and educational with you at the helm.
You might only make around $10 an hour, but you’re retired, right? Think of it as fostering a love for science and having fun while you’re doing it. No tests to score or lesson plans to be done. When you’re home, you’re on your own time.
Physical Education Teachers
So let’s say, you spent your school years as a coach or physical education teacher or even a health education teacher.
You could work as a health coach or personal trainer. You could teach others about nutrition, help counsel others about their workout routines, and more.
You could design programs to meet each person’s needs, whether they are a college student looking to strength train to up their athletic game, or the middle-aged mom who’s looking to get back into shape, or a person who’s been disabled for some time and needs to learn how to gain muscle strength again.
Your work as a personal trainer or health coach could benefit all these types of people and your background as a physical education teacher would give you the know-how and experience to do it. You would work one-on-one to help people obtain their objectives as well as transform their lives.
You could work as a freelancer, in a gym, or a health or workout club. Your earnings could be around $40,000 a year if full time or $20 an hour on average.
If you were a math teacher in school, tutoring or substitute teaching remains another option, just as it was with retired science teachers.
But, if you’re ready for a different type of job, you could perhaps be a market or survey researcher. Market Researchers use research skills, numbers, and interpersonal skills to determine consumer preferences.
The purpose is to determine the potential sales of a product or service and who might like them. The research may help determine the pricing as well as who competitors might be.
You might find a job as a market researcher in a company or corporation, or a financial organization, the government, advertising agencies, health firms, or even as a freelancer.
With your penchant for being good at numbers, statistics, and data, as well as great analytical skills, it could be a great fit for you.
Pay can vary at anywhere from $20 to $50 an hour.
Not to sound like a broken record, but once again, if you were an English teacher, you could work as a substitute teacher or tutor.
But, there are jobs that can be particularly meaningful if you have great English skills. You could work to teach dyslexic students how to read or you could teach adult literacy classes to adults who’ve never learned to read or write. Or a
Or, you could be a GED teacher to students who never earned their diplomas. Each of the jobs pays between $20 and $25 an hour, but the big paycheck comes in the form of helping students that really need the help.
And, if you’re ready for a real change of pace and traveling seems attractive to you, many other countries outside of the U.S. seek ESL or English as a Second Language Teachers. Japan and South Korea are particularly attractive options for ESL teachers.
The salary ranges are varied with each country and some have perks, such as housing provisions and such. It’s a great opportunity worth exploring for those who are interested.
Hopefully, I’ve given you enough food for thought if returning to the workforce after retiring from teaching is something that has peaked your interest. One thing is for certain – you have a lot to offer in the skills you gained in the classroom.
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