Use Your Skills to Help Others… Teach Continuing Education
Some people say you are a smart-alek. Other people swear by your knowledge and continually ask you to share your knowledge. You like teaching and helping others, so why not let them in on what you know?
You never really did have an interest in becoming a teacher, but as you get older and older and your knowledge in your chosen field continues to grow, you are starting to feel the need to teach others about what you know and how they can become experts in the field like you are.
No matter what your field, your knowledge can be important to others who want to know more about it. But you do not have to start teaching college courses or go back to school to earn a teaching certificate to start sharing what you know with others. Instead, look into teaching some continuing education courses to share your wealth of knowledge with others. Continuing education courses are a great way for teachers to share what they know with students who are generally interested in the subject matter.
College and universities that offer continuing education programs are also eager to have you! They are constantly looking for people to teach about popular topics and even some not-so-popular ones. What they want to see if that you are enthusiastic about your subject matter and that you really know what you are talking about.
You do not necessarily have to have an advanced degree to teach continuing education courses. Instead, the best thing to have is experience and respect in the industry. Examples of professions that are constantly in demand for continuing education courses are things like art, photography, fashion design and writing.
You will have to commit to teaching the class for an extended period of time in order to be hired for a teaching position. You will also have to come up with lesson plans to show to the continuing education coordinator before the class starts so they will know you are serious about the class and teaching others about what you know.
So how can you find out about opportunities? The best way is to find out where continuing education courses are held in your community and ask if your services could be used in an upcoming course. If so, ask them how you could go about starting a class of your own. Most coordinators will be delighted to have you. If they are not delighted, simply move on and find a program that is interested in your unique skill set.
Do not keep your knowledge to yourself. Teach it to others in a continuing education course and help those students learn more and become a better person in the field, just like you. They will get the satisfaction from having the knowledge and you will feel good about helping people learn about themselves and the subject matter you love so dearly. There really is no better feeling than helping someone learn something they did not know before.