Are you the type of person that is continually being asked to share your knowledge? Do you enjoy helping others learn things and develop new skills?
Now, you may never have had any interest in becoming a teacher, especially when you were younger. However, as you get older and your knowledge in your field of expertise continues to grow, it’s occurred to you that perhaps others would like to share your knowledge. And that it wouldn’t be a bad thing to teach them what you know.
Regardless of what field you’re in, the knowledge and experience you’ve gained throughout your career may be of value to other people. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to go back to school yourself and get a teaching diploma in order to start sharing what you know. Teaching some continuing education courses for example is a good way to share your knowledge with those who are interested in learning about the subject. Many colleges and universities who offer these types of courses are always on the lookout for experienced professionals keen to share their knowledge and experience. That could be you!
The important thing is that you’re keen and enthusiastic about your topic, and that you know what you’re talking about. You should also have the ability to pass on this knowledge in a way that teaches others. Being respected in your field also helps. Some of the popular continuing education courses that are always in need of experienced professionals to take on teaching roles include fashion design, writing, art, photography and so on.
Obviously though there’s a bit more involved than simply wanting to teach others. If you want a college or university to be interested in taking you on as an instructor, you’ll need to show them that you’re committed to doing it. They don’t want to have students enrolling only to have you decide after the first few sessions that you’re not really teacher material after all! In some cases, you may need to submit lesson plans ahead of time so the continuing education co-ordinator knows you’re serious, and knows you’ve thought about how you’re going to teach the subject.
Finding opportunities to teach:
The first thing to do is check your local community directory, and find out what continuing education courses are available in your area. Then it’s just a case of contacting them to ask if they could use your services. It may be that courses in your particular area of expertise aren’t offered but that shouldn’t stop you from letting the co-ordinators know, and to keep you in mind should they decide to offer these classes. It may be that they’ll be happy to offer them if they know they have an instructor available to teach the subject. Alternatively, you could ask what’s involved in starting up a class of your own. If you find they’re not particularly interested, just move on until you find a program that is interested in what you have to offer them.
If you’re an experienced fire fighter for example, you may like to consider becoming a Fire Instructor 1. Whilst training other fire fighters isn’t exactly the same as a continuing education course and you will need to obtain fire instructor certification, the principles are the same. If you have the expertise and the knowledge, why not put it to good use training others.