From technician to teacher – career transition case study

From technician to teacher – career transition case study

Switching from technical to non-technical field (or contrariwise) is probably the most common career transition people experience. It’s a 180 degrees change, and it can often bring new joy and motivation to your everyday routine. Times when people stuck to the same career for their entire lives are long gone. Now you always have a chance to start afresh, to try something new…. But what steps should you take to transit your career smoothly?


Not every technician can be a good teacher

Skills required for a technician differ strongly from those required for a teacher. While one deals with machines (computers, assembly lines, electronics), the other one should not only deal with people, but actually lead and teach them. Before you decide to make a move to teaching, you should realistically consider (or hire someone who is able to consider it) whether you have inside of you the potential to become a good teacher, and whether you are ready to improve on your weaknesses.

If you had a chance to attend twenty different lectures at any University in the world, you would observe a common phenomenon–teaching technicians. Those are people who are extremely skilled in their field, but can’t really transfer the knowledge to another person. It’s a sad spectacle indeed, and you’d find it in every single high school or University.

In fact, if they wanted, they could have worked more on their communication skills, trying to improve their emotional intelligence. They could have learned various teaching methods, and actually became better teachers. So, even if you feel like not having the right teaching skills at the moment, you can still succeed in changing your career to teaching. It will just take you a little longer to realize your dream, and you should hire a career coach to suggest you the right steps to take.


Starting with your field, preparing for an interview

You’ll have much better chances if you opt for teaching your field. That means, if you are an IT guy, you should try getting a potion of an IT teacher. If you lack formal qualification required by law, your best bet at the beginning will be a private educational institution. Since not regulated by government, private institutions don’t need to stick to the laws regarding teachers’ qualification.

Once you get a job there you can work on your qualification simultaneously, completing a bachelor degree in education, and start working in a traditional school later. This path is often followed by technicians who decided to change their career, but lacked the degree in education.

Now you may ask the following question: Why would they choose you for the job, if there were many other applicants with the degree in education? Qualification isn’t the only deciding factor in an interview, especially if you apply for a job at a private institution. You should do your best to prepare for this meeting. Websites like can help you to understand which question they will ask you, and how to answer them. Be sure to study the most common questions and to practice your answers.


Alternative way

You can eventually avoid all the hassle with job interviews and earning a degree. World is full of private teachers (language teachers, math  teachers, IT teachers) who give lessons to students from all levels of society, ranging from children to adults, from school pupils to corporate leaders.

All you have to do to start teaching privately is getting a freelancing license, and preparing some marketing strategy to get your first clients. Nevertheless you’ll need to improve your teaching skills, so you not only get the students, but also retain them….

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