Published March 5, 2023

Hands up if you’re that teacher that has spent more than 5 years in the classroom, yet you still long for opportunities outside your core. 

Or you’re new in the teaching profession but you have a feeling that the career might not be just right for you. 

Simply because it doesn’t meet your expectation of a dream job.

Alright. I get it.

Unfortunately, you don’t possess the necessary experience to work in a sector outside education, and the classroom teaching profession takes all your time, and you make it difficult for you to upskill your value.

So you want to give up on your career to explore another option.

Wait!, you’re thinking about this in the wrong way. 

In this post, I will show you how to step up your teaching career so that you will be relevant in the education sector and beyond.


The way you think about your career step up

While many people will advise you that the best way to step up your teaching career is to pursue higher education, this may be a huge chunk to bite. Particularly if you lack the financial support to help you through it.

The best way to scale up anything is to build a project in that subject area. That way, you’ll learn the ins and outs of building a solution and you’ll be replicate that knowledge in any other sector you find yourself.

Another advantage of doing this is that you will have successes and failures to talk about when better opportunities come and you’ll be able to substantiate any conversation from your experience.


How to step up your career as a teacher

On the job, you’ve to start implementing simple strategies that will step up your career. The good news is that you can easily do this because it is a part of the job.

Here’s how to get started.


1. Chart a Career Course

Depending on your level of experience in the teaching line, begin by charting your career course. It’s the best way to effectively advance your career.

Examine where your strength lies, and areas that appear exciting and comfortable for you. This could be in the administrative, technology, psychology, child development, or special education.

By diving deep into the areas that bring you joy, you’re likely to thrive. 

And this could be difficult to spot at times, by talking to mentors and colleagues at your workplace, you’ able to find your strength and begin intensifying your knowledge in that area.


2. Get better on the job

For anyone to identify you as a star in your profession, which is the bye product of stepping up your career, you’ve to get better on the job.

However, getting better on the job takes time and effort. But with the right approach, you’re likely to step up fast.

For instance, you are more comfortable standing up in the classroom and engaging with the students.

You should be stepping up your career by interacting with other staff members that do so. You could ask the school authorities to create a program where you teachers get to sit in each other’s classroom during teaching just so that can learn how they engage with their students and deliver instructions.

And by sharing education resources like lesson notes, activity sheets, and calendars, you’ll be able to fine-tune your resources for positive impact in the classroom. 

3. Document your teaching Process

You’re learning a lot from others in the teacher shadowing initiative. But the most critical step to better yourself is to document the process.

Aside from the fact that this will make it easier for you to create a teaching portfolio for yourself, and help you craft out a better teaching vision in the future, it also presents you as an authority when you share your classroom stories to the world.

Using a paper notebook and pen is fine, and there are many technology tools to document your teaching process. 

In this document, you should highlight what works and whatnot. And these could be how your student engaged with the concept taught, the questions they asked, how they struggle to understand, the time spent, etc.

This document will help you identify gaps in your teaching process so that you can foster lasting solutions.

4. Use online resources

Thanks to the internet. There are tons of valuable resources online that you can harness to step up your career.

From blog posts to applications, free education technology software, and even business tools that you can adopt for your classroom management.

Also are teaching tutorials, activity sheets, and lesson plans that you can adopt for quick use in your classroom.

5. Get online certifications

Certifications are opportunity openers. You need them to apply for opportunities so that you can show your worth and values.

Depending on countries and States, teachers are required to pass some teacher certifications and to scale their expertise, particularly in the career you’ve charted for yourself. 

Also, acquiring relevant certificates could be an avenue for you to continue learning, keep yourself up to date, and challenge yourself with the latest trends in your industry.


Okay. What next?

The next step is to get to work by clearly charting a career path for yourself, ensure you consider areas that you can effortlessly shine.

Then begin to learn from your colleagues and experts in that field. You can connect with experts online and get on a call with them to learn more.

And ultimately, document every important process as this will help you track your growth and it could be a learning resource for others in the future.