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Practical strategies to advance in a teaching career

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If you are interested in a teaching career, now is the perfect time. In most cities and towns across America, there has been a reduction in the number of teachers joining the workforce, and now retention is becoming increasingly challenging. Plus the move to online teaching during the pandemic has meant digital skills have come more into play.

If you are interested in working in the education sector and ambitious enough to want to climb your way up the teaching career ladder, then it is a good time to become a teacher and start ascending to management roles.

Strategies to advance in a teaching career

Climbing any career ladder is always easier said than done, but following the below steps should help you make progress in a teaching career.

Invest in insurance

You may not be aware of the importance of insurance in the education and childcare sectors, but it is essential for operating a business and working in the field. Whether you are in a teaching career  providing tutoring, caring for infants, or hosting occasional courses, insurance is necessary to protect you in the event that something goes wrong, or that a dissatisfied customer or parent tries to make a claim against you.

No one knows what the future holds, but in an industry in which you are caring for children, it is important to protect yourself and your business just in case something does occur.

Next Insurance offers essential policies for teachers and tutors, along with policies tailormade for daycare operators and childcare professionals. 

Know your limits, and when to push them  

One of the best ways to prove to your superiors that you are ready to take on more responsibilities in a teaching career is by taking up additional paid, and sometimes unpaid, work. Whether this means staying late to coach the chess team, running the science club, or supporting the school during PTA meetings.

You may be able to use these activities to your benefit when reaching for a teaching career   promotion. By taking on additional roles, you will be able to showcase how your skills extend outside of the classroom and also demonstrate how ambitious and dedicated you are.

However, it is important to know your limits in this regard. Some schools and school districts are desperate for extra help, and you might find that you are working 80-hour work weeks and not even enjoying the work you are doing. If you are feeling overloaded and overwhelmed, you should dispose of some of the duties you have taken on, your health and wellbeing are more important than any promotion, and promotion cycles can be fickle.

Develop your abilities and talents

To excel in a field and move up the teaching career ladder, it is important that you are firstly and most importantly, a good teacher. Many amazing teachers are interested in spending their career in the classroom and in close proximity with children rather than working in managerial or leadership roles.

However, if youare ambitious and hoping to progress in your career, you should first develop your teaching skills as much as possible. If you are able to be an active, engaged teacher, the experience will hold you in good stead as your progress in your career and spend less and less time in the classroom.

Maintain integrity and credibility

Increasingly, integrity, credibility, and appropriate behavior are essential to succeeding in any workplace. It seems like a day does not go by without a new story hitting the headlines about someone who was at the height of their career, acted inappropriately or without integrity, and now has fallen from their prominent role.

Teachers are also held to a higher standard than the members of nearly every other profession because of their close proximity with children.  

If you are intent on climbing the corporate ladder as a teacher, you will need to ensure that you retain your credibility by acting as a role model and acting with integrity. Acting fairly and appropriately creates a healthy work environment and avoids causing issues which could harm another person, and potentially end your career.

A very eye-opening experience for many managers in the education sector is when they realize that a teacher or colleague is suffering as a direct result of the manager’s actions or behavior. Practicing empathy, maintaining integrity, and also learning how to best work in a diverse workforce are the best ways to avoid causing a subordinate colleague any distress.

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