Teacher assistants and tutors are among the best jobs in the United States, but it takes a special kind of person to make the transition from the classroom to the classroom.
In a new book, Career Coach: The Best Teacher Assistant Jobs, writer and career coach Johnathan Zuker offers advice on what it takes to make it as a teacher assistant and tutor.
“I think we’re all so unique in that we all have our own strengths, our own unique strengths, and our own uniqueness,” Zukers says.
“The difference between us is how we get from there to there.”
Zuker says teachers are particularly vulnerable to career-threatening changes.
They may be underpaid and underrepresented, they may not have enough experience or training to prepare for a career change, and they may lack the necessary tools to be effective.
In the meantime, they have to learn how to handle change on their own, he says.
“When we’re talking about teaching, it’s not about having an education,” he says, “it’s about understanding the needs of the individual student and the teacher and how to best serve them.”
In addition to career coaching, Zukger recommends taking on some personal responsibility for your career.
Take a look at some of his tips for finding the right job.
Zukers suggests finding out if you’re comfortable in your job by taking a survey and finding out what you value.
“What do you value?” he asks.
“I would say it’s your relationships with the students, the teaching experience, the work you do and your ability to serve the students.”
If you’re still undecided, then Zukber recommends checking out the career services of your favorite career coach.
“Do you like talking to people, or doing it for yourself?” he says to see if there are any job sites that have an online career development service.
“Maybe you want to learn to be a social worker.
Maybe you want a teaching assistant.
Maybe your interest in teaching is related to the subject matter you teach.
There’s lots of possibilities.”
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