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Working in Education: Job Search and Opportunities

Careers in the field of Education come in many flavors and varieties. Most of us just think of teaching positions when considering a job in education. There are many positions available in education that do not require a teaching credential or any classroom involvement.

For example, if your resume shows your solid background in business, do not overlook the education section when searching career sites. Colleges and Universities are Institutions of Higher Education and have many positions available, your business knowledge could be put to good use. Financial Aid is a vital area for most Higher Education Institutions. Your background in business could be the ideal fit for positions within the Financial Aid Departments. Remember, most Colleges and Universities rely on Financial Aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants, as their major source of income. Another example is using your resume filled with customer service related jobs allows you to emphasize those skills to become an Academic Advisor at a College or University. There are many education related positions available in School District Offices, County Offices of Education, and at the State and Government levels for individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Your resume should reflect keywords used in the education position for which you wish to apply. Often these keywords include ‘Best Practices’, ‘Rigorous Standards and Practices’, ‘Fully Qualified Educator’, and other terms that apply broadly throughout the education industry. If your strengths include logical, progressive thinking abilities, be sure that your resume reflects those talents. Credential Analysts are needed in nearly every area of education, but that position requires strong abilities in analyzing and evaluating documents as well as people. There is little or no tolerance for mistakes or errors in this area, so place emphasis on projects you have done that reflect successful qualities with measurable results.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

If you are interested in pursuing careers in the field of education, or looking for ways to fund your own education, this is a great field to pursue. Many Colleges and Universities will provide free education to their employees, and free or reduced tuition costs to the employee’s immediate family members. This is an ideal way to obtain a teaching credential without paying high tuition fees, and it has the added benefit of interacting with school district personnel who can prove to be invaluable contacts to find a teaching position once you have obtained your credential!

Do not limit your future by limiting your job search to a narrow range defined only by what your current career may require. Jobs in education are available to individuals from every industry. Use your resume as a flexible tool to place particular emphasis on skills required by a job posting in the education field. You may find that taking a job in education allows you a platform to use as a springboard to a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in nearly any degree plan offered and may open doors to careers that may previously have appeared out of your reach. A job in education may prove to be the best career choice for your live and your entire future.

 

How to Become an Au Pair?

An au pair is much like a nanny, except it involves rendering your childcare and some household services in another country. Quite often young women attend higher education and work at learning the new country’s language while they attend to the required domestic responsibilities. This is a live-in position, where the au pair is treated as an equal member of the family. This means that you would take your meals with the family, and attend activities with them, as well. You would be allowed your own room in the family house. However, you should read the contract, between the parents and yourself, carefully. Make sure that you agree with all the provisions and requirements.

Basic Requirements

The basic requirements to become an au pair may vary from country to country and between household to household. Many young women become au pairs in Australia, France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Canada. Au pairs are also employed in the U.S., from outside countries. However, au pairs from the U.S. are often prized for their ability as English teachers for the children.

  • General age: 17 to 30 years
  • Minimal child care experience
  • No drug use, smoking is sometimes allowed
  • Conversational language abilities, in the country’s spoken language
  • Committed to certain period, usually 6 to 12 months

Education and Resume

If you are planning an au pair experience in your future, work at engaging in activities and education that will add to your resume, and so add to your choices of opportunities. Don’t discount the babysitting you have done as childcare experience. However, look for opportunities to volunteer, or work, for childcare at church, recreational facilities and day cares. Take classes in early childcare, ages newborn, toddlers, to age 10. Take a conversational language class of the countries primary language. There are short-term au pair preparedness trainings, which certainly would be of benefit.

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

Paulo Coelho

When putting together your resume, start with a list of your experiences, education and any special abilities or skills. Work at phrasing these items in a professional manner. Gather references and include copies with your resume. The more you can offer, the more au pair choices you will have. Remember, your resume is the first introduction you will have to a host family. It is true that you will be working with children, but your resume should not look childish. You are a professional and your resume should reflect that.

Host Family

Once you have narrowed your choices down for an au pair position, ask a lot of questions. Perhaps you have already read the contract over. Verbally confirm any areas of the contract that you are unsure of, or for which you just want verification. Before heading off to a new country, learn the customs and travel cautions. Get to know as much as you can about the country and area of the host family. It’s always nice to bring something very specific from your country, as a gift to the host family. Disney movies, in English, are great gifts for children.

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