Careers in Education & Training Beyond Teaching

Do you love the idea of being in the field of education, but know that being a K-12 educator is not for you? There are many ways to take your passion for teaching and training and put that to work in other types of settings. Below are a number of ideas to get you started with links to more information. This is not meant to be comprehensive, but a sampling of ideas to get you started!

Training & Development
Many organizations hire staff members to identify the skills needs of staff members and develop relevant training to ensure that employees have the necessary tools need to do their jobs. Delivery can be done through online training, or through in-person delivery and can include a wide range of topics.

For more information about this field, check out the Association for Talent Development

Academic Advisor/School Counselor
Academic advisors and school counselors help students with planning their academic paths, developing the skills needed for academic success, support students through academic adversity and conduct trainings on a wide array of topics to support student success.

For more information about this field, check out NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advisors or the American School Counselor Association.

Career Advisors/Career Coaches/Career Counselor

Career coaches help individuals reflect on their unique strengths, personality, skills and life experiences to help clients identify a career path that will be a great match. Additionally, many career coaches support clients in achieving those goals by teaching them effective strategies for job searching, resume writing, or interviewing.

To learn more about this field visit the National Career Development Association.

Technical Trainer

Technical trainers teach others how to use a specific technology. They become experts in a software system and/or technology and train customers how to effectively use the product for their business needs. They may do live trainings and/or develop recorded training materials that clients can reference at any time.

To learn more about being a technical trainer in the biotech industry, visit the Life Sciences Trainers and Educators Network. For software training, check out the Professional Association for Computer Training.

Work for a Company or Nonprofit with an Educational Focus

There are numerous educational for-profit and non-profit organizations that would benefit from your passion for education! Within those organizations there a wide spectrum of roles that would benefit from your passion for education and training. These range from fundraising, communications, volunteer coordination and more.

To find educational nonprofit organizations in Colorado, visit the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

By Heidi J. Perman
Heidi J. Perman Assistant Vice Chancellor, Career & Professional Development