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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.

 

Pregnancy and a New Job

A pregnancy can be an amazing experience for many women. While pregnancy and childbirth are a very special experience for many women, they can cause some challenges when working. Many employers are unwilling to hire a pregnant female – they are worried that she will be away for months after less than half a year in her new job. Regulations forbid hiring discrimination based on pregnancy, but employers will look for ways to avoid hiring a pregnant female.

An interviewer cannot legally ask a job applicant if she is pregnant. While the first few months of pregnancy may not provide any visible signs, the second and third trimesters of a pregnancy are usually visible. An early pregnancy should not be discussed during a job interview. An employer cannot fire an employee for being pregnant. However, a visible pregnancy may lead to an applicant not being hired.

A visible pregnancy must be discussed during an interview. It’s important to let a company know that a pregnancy won’t impact one’s dedication to a company. While some jobs may require an individual to attend work every day, there are some jobs that allow one to work from home. Many jobs like marketing, programming, writing, and financial positions will allow individuals to work from their home. This can be a great way to maintain a job while one isn’t able to visit a fixed location every day.

It’s also important to maintain one’s value after a child’s birth. Many female employees will request 2-3 months off from work after a pregnancy. While an employer won’t be able to fire someone during this period, they may look for excuses to lay off a worker after she returns. A company that wants to fire an individual can find unrelated reasons to let a person go. While this practice may be morally wrong, it is legal.

I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.
                                                                             Tina Fey

Female employees who expect to take a pregnancy leave must demonstrate their value to a company. This value can include hard work, positive relationships with coworkers, and finding novel ways to improve the business of a company. An employee who can demonstrate a positive contribution to an organization will be retained.

One should also understand the commitment and responsibility of motherhood. While it’s possible to have a successful career and motherhood, it can be difficult to manage both. It is unlikely that one will be able to reach high-level management while raising a child. Many high-level managers find that work commitments require 60-100 hours a week. This will require 10-12-hour days on a regular schedule. It may not be possible to raise a family while juggling the commitments of a high-responsibility job.

It’s important to look for a career that allows one to choose their own hours. There are many mothers who find employment as freelance writers, transcriptionists, programmers, web developers, or entrepreneurs. There are many jobs that allow workers to choose their own hours. This can be valuable when raising and nurturing a baby or child.

Don’t Expect Your Predecessor to Cooperate

A new job can be a challenging time for many individuals and their families. While many people in an office may have a friendly attitude towards a new employee, there can be friction between a new employee and one’s predecessor. The following tips are designed for new employees who are facing criticism and other challenges from a previous employee.

There can be several potential reasons for an employee being replaced. It can be due to poor work performance, a promotion or demotion, a new job assignment, or retirement. If an employee is willingly leaving a company, he or she will probably be willing to help his or her successor. However, if an employee is leaving against their will, he will probably try to make a successor’s work as difficult as possible. He may feel that poor work performance from a successor will reflect well on themselves.

It’s important for a new employee to understand why he or she is replacing an old employee. If the old employee is leaving on poor terms, it’s important to watch for sabotage attempts. This can include providing poor information, bad-mouthing an employee in front of coworkers, and directly challenging an employee through verbal confrontation.

An employee who is being fired or let go may not be asked to train their successor. If they are, it’s important to take all the information they provide with a grain of salt. Always verify any information they provide against another source. This can be a great way to ensure one’s work performance isn’t degraded. A great way to verify the integrity of information is through a network of coworkers. Coworkers can help a new employee ensure that they are pursuing a job in the best way possible.

Some employees who are being dismissed from a position may try to create a negative relationship between coworkers and a new employee. He or she may spread disinformation to slander a successor. It can be challenging to deal with this type of attack. It can be impossible to know if an old employee in talking about someone behind his or her back. In addition, coworkers are unlikely to provide this information to a new employee that they don’t know personally.

To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.

Baltasar Gracian

The best way to deal with slander or libel from an old employee is through building positive relationships in a work environment. It’s important to avoid being distant and aloof when starting a new job. Try to eat lunch with a new group of people every day. This can be a great way to build a reputation and eliminate any rumors that may be spreading.

Some employees may verbally confront their replacement. These verbal confrontations can be challenging for many people to resolve. A boss or supervisor should be the last resort when dealing with a challenging predecessor. It’s important to show effective conflict resolution skills when working in a new job. Try talking with a predecessor to understand their concerns.

Any physical confrontation should be reported to a supervisor immediately.

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