Switching careers can be a daunting yet rewarding journey, and for those considering a change, the realm of teaching stands with profound opportunities.

By Sarah Mayer, Adjunct Professor, Concordia University Wisconsin

Let’s explore some ideas that could help you decide on education as your new career.

Change lives

Teaching is a profession that allows individuals to make a tangible impact on the lives of others. As a teacher, you have the power to shape young minds, instill knowledge, and inspire a love for learning. The influence you exert in the classroom extends far beyond the classroom, helping students develop essential life skills, values, and a sense of purpose.

Be a lifelong learner

Teaching is a dynamic field that encourages continuous learning and personal growth. As an educator, you are constantly exposed to new ideas, perspectives, and evolving teaching methods. This fosters a culture of lifelong learning, keeping teachers engaged and able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of education.

Use your life experiences

Career switchers often bring a wealth of experience and skills from their previous professions. These transferable skills, such as effective communication, problem-solving, and organizational abilities, are highly valued in the teaching profession. The unique perspective and real-world experience that career switchers bring to the classroom enrich the learning environment for both students and colleagues.

Start a satisfying new career

Teaching offers a profound sense of fulfillment as you witness the growth and development of your students. The joy of seeing a student grasp a difficult concept or overcome a challenge is unparalleled. Job satisfaction in teaching goes beyond the salary; it lies in the intrinsic reward of positively impacting lives and contributing to the future.

Find the right role

Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all profession. Whether you have a passion for science, mathematics, literature, or physical education, there is a diverse array of teaching roles and specializations to explore. This allows career switchers to align their teaching career with their interests and expertise, creating a fulfilling and meaningful professional journey.

Build strong connections

Teaching often fosters a strong sense of community and connection. You become an integral part of the school community, collaborating with colleagues, parents, and administrators to create a positive learning environment. The relationships formed in the teaching profession contribute to personal and professional growth.

Be in demand

The demand for qualified educators is a constant, offering a sense of job stability. Choosing teaching as a second career provides a reliable and secure path, especially in areas where there is a shortage of qualified educators.

If you are considering making this career change, let us help you get started. Concordia has a program for you for wherever you are in your journey to being a classroom teacher. We’re here to support you in your new vocation!

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Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. The CUW School of Education equips and inspires Christian servant leaders to pursue integrity and excellence in the delivery of educational services within professional and lifelong learning throughout the world.