Transferable skills are those that you have learned for one job but that can also be used in another profession. Teachers gain a wealth of transferable skills through their education and on the job. Most have honed their interpersonal, supervisory, organizational and analytical skills. As a result, teachers who decide to change professions or supplement their income may be well-qualified for a variety of other careers.
Most teachers excel in a combination of communication skills. Their ability to stand before a group and project themselves clearly and calmly can help them in a career as a public speaker or a public relations representative. Those who are good at researching information and effectively conveying it to audiences may work as researchers or pharmaceutical sales representatives. Excellent writing skills may lead to a career as a writer or an editor.
Leadership is another transferable skill that many teachers possess. Supervising and monitoring a classroom, lunchroom or other type of student group -- while maintaining order and motivating students -- demonstrates leadership acumen. Teachers also coordinate the activities of students and determine class or group leaders. These skills transfer well to careers such as training and development managers, medical and health service managers, social and community service managers, and sales managers.
In addition to managing people, teachers also know how to manage time and projects. They successfully plan and manage events, and keep track of the teaching components, such as attendance records, homework assignments, grades and meetings. They can use these skills as meeting and convention planners, travel agents or administrative services managers.
Teachers are skilled in the fine art of sizing up and solving problems. They’re adept at analyzing situations and applying critical thinking skills, and they have learned to rely on their instinct and exercise good judgment to make wise decisions. These skills are especially useful in law enforcement, counseling, and as recruiting and hiring positions.
Teachers also have a variety of interpersonal skills that can be used in other careers. In addition to their conflict-resolution skills and the ability to resolve complaints, they also possess negotiation skills and diplomacy. Other careers that utilize these skills include arbitrators, mediators and conciliators. With these skills, teachers can aspire to be sales agents, or even to a career in politics.
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