Did you know that as an education professional, you can upgrade your skills to become more employable, or even to qualify for that promotion you were hoping for? Let’s find out how:
Step 1: Evaluate your goals
Everything you do in your career stems from what you would like to accomplish. Ask yourself:
- Are you considering a career change, either now or in the future?
- Would you like to upgrade your skills? If so, which skills would you like to focus on?
- If you get a promotion, would you be able to cope with the added responsibilities?
These types of questions are a good starting point in the process of evaluating your goals so that you can advance your career.
Step 2: Consider your availability
Working in education – whether you are a teacher, moderator, assessor, or Educare assistant – can be demanding, especially when you consider the time it takes to prepare classes and assess each learner’s progress. So when you want to advance your career in education, you have to consider your availability, because with promotion or advancement comes added responsibility.
Time management is important if you are planning on juggling work, family, studies, and hobbies.
Check out this infographic to help you find your work-life balance
If you are an education professional, there are many ways in which you can advance your career or bump up your earning potential, especially if you are passionate about what you do and about educating others. For example:
- You can extend your role as an educator outside the classroom and offer extra lessons in the evenings for learners who would like to improve their marks.
- If you think you have the potential to lead and manage, you could aim to become a subject, grade, or department head within a school or other academic institution.
- You could study an assessor and/or moderator course if you want to be involved in the further education of working professionals.
Step 3: Maintain healthy relationships
This applies in all types of working environments. In the education environment specifically, you are more likely to see advancement in your career if you maintain healthy working relationships with learners (and, where applicable, their parents) as well as your colleagues.
In most career fields, you get to learn a lot from senior and more experienced colleagues, and maintaining a good relationship means that you can ask for guidance at any point in your career. When it comes to education, the same applies. If you are willing to help your colleagues with creative ideas and learning materials, it will only count in your favour when you apply for a promotion.
Step 4: Take advantage of further education
Education is the future of any nation, so try to take advantage of opportunities to further your education. When employers see that you are making an effort to improve your own knowledge so that you can become a better education professional, it automatically makes you more employable and puts you in a better position to get that new job or promotion.
Continuing your education also has many personal benefits. Not only will it enhance your chances of being promoted, but it will also give you additional knowledge, insight, and self-confidence.
Also read: Studying Keeps You Young
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