Are you aware of your super-human skills? Teachers do a super-human job, so we must all be super-heroes, right?
We take our super-skills for granted, as you do, but ask anyone you meet if they could do what you do every day and you will become aware of the super-hero inside you, the one you never let anyone see who want to burst out into public view.
If you are looking for other jobs a teacher can do then you need to recognise your super-hero status and help potential employers to recognise how valuable you would be as an employee.
Teachers as Super-Heroes
You are a highly skilled mind-bending professional who can turn leaden brains into golden intellectsWhat more valuable skill is there in society than that? Who else helps people to develop their full potential? You can operate on 30 leaden minds at a time, and each year produce 400 individuals who will be useful to society. That’s much more than any
What more valuable skill is there in society than that? Who else helps people to develop their full potential? You can operate on 30 leaden minds at a time, and each year produce 400 individuals who will be useful to society. That’s much more than any brain-surgeon could ever do!
If you break down a teacher’s job you stand back amazed at what a super-hero you are. Your super-hero skills and abilities include:
- Eyes in the back of your head – How else do teachers know what is happening behind them?
- Hearing you can switch on and off – Useful when you don’t want to hear what is being said?
- You work 16 hour days consistently for months on end – No explanation required.
- Performing miracles – How else do some students pass exams?
- Time-stretching – Necessary to fit 2 hours of student learning into 1 hour.
- Speed-reading – How else could you do all that marking?
- You can strike 1,000 people dumb – Useful for crowd control in assemblies.
- You can smell a rat at 40 paces – Lie detecting is one of the first skills a teacher learns.
Applying Super-Teacher Skills in Non-Teaching Jobs
Surely a teacher should be able to have a queue of potential employers a mile long fighting to offer jobs . . .
Sadly that is not the case: We teachers are the only ones who know about our super-hero skills. We need to dumb-down our super-skills so they are believable to non-teachers.
- Eyes in the back of your head = Situation awareness
- Hearing you can switch off = Diplomacy
- Working 16 hour days = unbelievable stamina
- Performing miracles = God-like communication skills
- Time-stretching = High-level organisation skills
- Speed reading = The ability to find the essence of any page of text in 2 seconds
- Striking people dumb = High-level body language skills
- Smelling a rat at 40 paces is a believable and useful skill anywhere you are dealing with people
What Kind of Jobs Can a Teacher Do Besides Teaching?
Your single most-transferable skill is your ability to communicate. You have learned to read your students body language and facial expressions: Your communication skills will be higher than those of the person interviewing you.
High-paying roles that require this level of communication skill include; sales, speaker/presenter, personal assistant, politician, psychologist, psychiatrist.
Many of these professions require high-level paper qualifications, but sales professionals are always in demand.
Many of us have the stereotypical double-glazing sales rep in mind when we think of sales as a possible career move. Forget that guy.
Think instead of the helpful sales assistant at the cosmetics counter. She is there to help you to find products that will work with your skin and hair type. If she does a hard-sell then you will not go back. Her job is to help you to help yourself, to make you happy so you will go back.
Car sales staff have a reputation for being pushy and many are. A good sales person in a car show room will start by asking you questions and finding out what you need from a new car. He will then use his professional expertise to guide you towards two or three possibilities. Women are under-represented in sales, yet many people I talk to would rather buy a car from a helpful female car sales person than from a pushy male one.
Using Your Teaching Skills in Sales
- You can read body language, so you know whether someone is just browsing or is ready to buy
- You are a skilled communicator who listens as well as talks
- You are intelligent and can help people come to the right decision
- You are diplomatic and used to biting your tongue when dealing with difficult people
- You are used to prioritising and can multi-task with the best of them
- You have seen a lot of life and have a lot of common sense
If only teachers realised how valuable their communication skills are more would quit teaching, a job they are unhappy in, and move into sales or other management roles outside schools.
What do you see as your own super-skills? Could you see yourself as a helpful sales person? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.