Taking a break from classroom environments has never been easier for teachers than it is today. So many remote work opportunities require the leadership, organizational skills, and educational expertise you’ve developed throughout your career, so you’re practically spoiled for choice. To help narrow down your options, here are six popular work-from-home career ideas for teachers:
It won’t be news to you that high school tutors with VCE teaching experience are in very high demand. VCE students and their parents seek out the best available support for these demanding school years. So, having a teaching qualification as well as experience in teaching VCE subjects gives you a massive advantage over other tutors. In terms of the work environment, VCE tutoring is similar to teaching. The major difference is that, rather than tailoring material for a class, you’re able to focus on the needs of each individual client. You can expect to be highly appreciated and well paid.
If you’re interested in languages and connecting with students of all walks of life, teaching English or another language might suit you well. The beauty of teaching languages online is that it can seriously broaden your worldview from the comfort of your home. You can teach students based locally, interstate, and even overseas. Depending on your preferences, it’s possible to work as a private language tutor (meaning you’ll seek out your own clients) or an agency, institution, website, or even a local community group.
Content writing, editing, or blogging educational content might just be perfect for you if you specialised in teaching subjects like English, Languages, or Literature. Having a strong vocabulary and grammatical skills coupled with a teaching qualification put you in a great position to receive education-related writing jobs. This could include writing and/or proofreading course content, website content for educational institutions, or training material.
Test scoring requires excellent attention to detail, thoroughness and lots of patience because you are literally marking papers all day, every day. If you are the kind of teacher who enjoys the quiet monotony of marking, then it might be your ideal work environment.
You can apply for test scoring positions with your local education departments and institutions, as well as private international institutions (provided that you meet the qualification criteria). With so many online institutions and short courses available, there are plenty of options to keep your workflow consistent.
As a curriculum developer, you can work in a different part of the education sector and use your experience to create and reform courses. This role might suit you if you are interested in strategy, long-term focused goals, and curriculum design. Depending on what kind of institution you are designing courses for, curriculum developer roles may require post-graduate qualifications.
While this role is somewhat similar to a student-teacher relationship, a mentor-mentee dynamic is often more personal and motivational. Many find that it can be an equally beneficial experience for mentors and mentees. If you enjoy working in one-on-one support positions, you might want to consider becoming a mentor for first-time university students, students who are adjusting to studying in a new city, or even education students who want to pick your brains about their future careers.
Who knows? Your next gig may be a fascinating learning curve or the start of an interesting new career. The only way to find out is to give it a go and start applying.