TOP 5 FIELD: EDUCATION
If you’ve always wanted to work with kids, you’re hardly alone. Thirty percent of people in encore careers are working in education, according to a recent MetLife Foundation and Encore.org survey. And of people interested in encore careers, 30 percent say they want to work in the field of education.
So where are the jobs? While it’s a tighter job market because of the recession, there are still jobs for certain specialties (such as math, science, special education and ESL) in certain locations. There are other jobs in education, too – in after-school programs and at nonprofits, for example. And new research shows that there will be more jobs in education after the recovery, making now a great time to train for an encore in education.
SURGE OF INTEREST IN TEACHING
Despite budget cuts and layoffs in many school districts, the chronic teacher shortage, particularly in math, science, special education and inner-city schools, makes education a popular encore choice.
FAST TRACK TO TEACHING
Over the past 10 to 15 years, more fast-track teacher certification programs are being created:
Community colleges are speeding up certification
EnCorps Teachers seeks career switchers to become math and science teachers
Troops to Teachers is filling gaps in urban school with returning veterans
IBM's Transition to Teaching program is helping experienced employees become teachers
PREPARING TO TEACH
Community colleges offer various courses and certificate programs to prepare you for an encore career in education. Collin College in Texas and Virginia’s Community Colleges are examples of colleges that specifically target boomers. Check with your local community college to see what it offers.
EMERGING EDUCATION ENCORES
A COMMUNITY-MINDED PATH
Shirley Sagawa, dubbed the “founding mother of the modern service movement,” encourages you to consider volunteering and community service as a pathway to your encore career.
TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS
HOW CAN BOOMERS STRENGTHEN EDUCATION?
10/06/2010 - 11:27:05am
Two papers from Encore.org help experienced professionals understand how they can help deliver services to young people, including working with schools to strengthen instruction in math- and science-related fields.
The 2011 Encore Career Choices survey, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Encore.org, found that 30 percent of people ages 44 to 70 interested in encore careers are most interested in entering a career in education. More >