Jobs for Retired Teachers

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
If you are retiring from a career in the classroom, you may be wondering how you can apply that experience to a post-retirement job. Read on to explore popular jobs for retired teachers, along with resources to help with the transition to retirement and the process of entering a new field of work.

Employment Ideas for Retired Teachers

As a teacher, you have developed and mastered many skills that prepare you for a variety of post-retirement jobs. Your critical thinking, active listening, management, decision-making, planning, and interpersonal communication skills along with your instructional experience make you an ideal candidate for jobs such as:

  • Tutor. Your experience as an educator makes you an excellent prospect for work as a tutor. You may work in a variety of settings, ranging from private tutoring to school-based programs to online tutoring services.
  • Marketing or Sales Specialist. Many companies sell products and services to schools, and as a former teacher, your understanding of the culture and structure of schools can be an asset to them. You may find work with these types of companies either as a marketing or sales person, or as a consultant.
  • Corporate Trainer. Both large corporations and smaller companies need qualified educators to train, coach and teach employees. Depending on the organization, corporate trainers may be either in-house employees or hired on a contract basis.
  • Part-Time College Faculty. Some postsecondary schools, particularly community colleges, offer experienced educators a variety of part-time in-person or online positions, including adjunct professor or lecturer. You may land such work by either applying to job listings or by researching a school's course offerings and suggesting new courses in your area of expertise.
  • Part-time School Employee. Given your background and experience in a school setting, you may consider several different part-time, in-school, jobs. These include working as an aide, in an administrative support setting, or as a substitute teacher.
  • Program Coordinator. Groups and organizations that offer care and programming for children are often looking for coordinators to plan activities and programs. You may find this type of work at day care facilities, museums, local YMCAs, or day camps.

Before you consider these and other options, make sure you understand your prospects for post-retirement work in a new field. If you have a pension, you will want to make sure you adhere to any restrictions or stipulations for post-retirement work. You may also benefit from learning more about career transitions in this short video lesson on Changing Careers: Using Your Talents in a New Way, and about the job market for retirees in Job Prospects for the Aging Population.

How to Land a Post-Retirement Job

Whether you have already retired or are planning for your retirement, it may have been a long time since you've prepared a resume, written cover letters, applied for jobs and readied for job interviews. To help you refresh those skills and learn about how the job application and interviewing process has changed, check out these lessons:

These lessons are brief - about 5-10 minutes each - and can be viewed at home or on the go with your mobile device.

How To Prepare for the Transition to Retirement

The transition from a teaching career to retirement, even a retirement that includes another job, can be a stressful time. You can make this transition easier by being prepared, both financially and emotionally, for the adjustment. Check out these video resources for guidance:

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