By Jacquelyn Heidegger Hamilton, Coordinator Senior, Career and Professional Development Services
Are you interested in pursuing an opportunity within the education industry or an education-related functional area? Thinking about what you can do as a Sun Devil to prepare yourself for a career pathway in the Education Career Interest Community? Here are five quick tips to help you prepare for a career in education:
If you are applying for teaching positions, make sure you include any current and/or anticipated certifications, licensures, endorsements, and credentials on your resume, along with any teaching experience.
If you are applying for a position in which specific credentials are required, consider listing this information towards the top of your resume, either in your Education section or in a new section entitled Educator Certifications.
You should also include a Teaching Experience section on your resume to hold all of your classroom teaching experience (from full-time teaching, to student teaching, to teaching internships). This is one way to pull your most relevant experiences up at the top of your resume. Have other relevant work experience with your target age group or work in your specialty area? Consider an “Additional Education Experiences” or “Additional Relevant Experiences” heading for those additional relevant experiences to the opportunity to which you are applying.
You can learn more about how to format by watching this video on how to craft your application materials for teaching positions.
There are opportunities for you to teach across the United States and abroad, even if you do not currently hold teaching credentials.
Become familiar with the standards for teaching in public schools using the Department of Education website for the state in which you are hoping to teach. You can find up-to-date certification and licensure information and contact information for the department or unit that issues certifications and licensures on these websites. You can also research charter and private schools in your state of choice or consider applying for Teach for America or the Peace Corps. If you know you want to teach at the k-12 level, you may want to consider gaining your teaching credential via a teacher preparation program at the undergraduate or graduate level by pursuing a concurrent undergraduate degree, the Secondary Education certificate, or Master’s degree in education. If you are a current undergraduate student at ASU, there are opportunities for you to obtain your teaching credentials while you continue to study at ASU without changing your major If you have already earned your bachelor’s degree, you may be able to gain your teaching certificate via a post-baccalaureate option for the Secondary Education certificate.
Love helping others learn, but don’t love the classroom? Enjoy working with a specific age group, but do not want to be in a highly structured setting like a classroom? Do you want to help create learning environments for adult learners?
Don’t worry if you don’t want to be a teacher…there are plenty of opportunities for educators outside of the classroom.
While utilizing Handshake to search for opportunities, consider utilizing the Education/Teaching/Training Industry filter to find roles that allow you to educate in other ways. You can also utilize the Job Functions filter to filter down to day-to-day roles you would enjoy.
If you are looking for education careers outside of the classroom…make sure your Career Interests survey is filled out on your Handshake profile to help Handshake surface positions and opportunities that may be of interest to you. Ensure you are utilizing LinkedIn, Indeed, and other industry relevant job searching engines (for instance, USAjobs.gov for federal opportunities) to complement your search.
If you are searching for teaching opportunities, make sure you are “in-the-know” about education and teaching job fairs and job boards.
Many state Department of Education websites host job boards for state teaching positions. You will also find that some state’s Department of Education hosts state-wide job fairs that you can learn about via their websites. Arizona’s Department of Education, for instance, hosted two job fairs this year: The Southern Arizona Education Job Fair and the Statewide Arizona Education Job Fair. If you know what school districts or organizations you may wish to work at, become familiar with their district employment page. Many school districts host district-wide job fairs that allow you to interview for open teaching positions at once and post their teaching positions on their district employment pages.
Consider building a print and/or digital portfolio that showcases your work and your approach to educating. A portfolio can help you reflect on your transferable skills, technical skills, and accomplishments to assist you in applying and interviewing for positions.
Educators build and create structured and unstructured learning environments. While it is important to be able to communicate how you have designed spaces for learning; it is also helpful for you to have a portfolio to showcase your work. Consider building a print and/or digital teaching or education portfolio that showcases your work and your approach to educating. For more information on how to prepare for your teaching interviews, check out this video on how to ace your next teaching interview.
Looking for more support or advice on how to prepare for a career in the Education Career Interest Community? Join the Education Career Interest Community group on the ASU Mentor Network