There are many incredible and exciting career ideas out there for you to explore. In this piece, I’ll talk about an idea that I think is very good. It’s common for a lot of people to grow up and dream of being a teacher. They want to serve the next generation and help bring forth the geniuses of tomorrow. But, my career idea is slightly different to that. Instead of being a teacher, I think you should pursue a career as a tutor.
What’s the difference? Well, a teacher will teach students in a school and get paid a set salary. A tutor will teach students anywhere they want and set their own wage. Essentially, a tutor is a freelance teacher.
Why would you opt for this career idea instead of becoming a teacher? There are many benefits to being a tutor, and you can find them down below:
Benefits Of Becoming A Tutor
One of the main benefits is that you get to play by your own rules. I’ve heard many teachers complain that they feel shackled by the school system. When you work for a school, you have to follow their standard practices. If they want you to teach kids in a certain way, you have to. As a tutor, you have full control over the teaching you do. Your methods are your own, and no one can stop you from teaching a certain way.
Another benefit is that you can pick and choose when you work. You’re not contracted to strict hours and don’t have to stay behind after school. To add to this, you choose how much work you want to take on. Many teachers struggle as they have huge classes of kids. This often means they’re left marking work for hours after the school day is finished. Furthermore, you can get some kids that misbehave and aren’t interested in the work. As a tutor, you can choose whether or not you wish to teach a child. Ideally, you should teach children that need your help and are interested in their work.
Thirdly, you get to set your wage. It’s no secret that teachers get a pretty poor salary for the amount of work they do. As a tutor, you can set a price that you think is fair. The good thing is, people will pay a lot of money for tutors. Especially during exam season, as parents look to do anything to help their kids get good grades.
It wouldn’t be fair to talk about all the benefits without mentioning some negatives. But, where tutoring is concerned, there is only one real negative. Teachers do get extremely good benefits packages. This includes big pension funds, health insurance, and lengthy holidays. As a tutor, you don’t get any employee benefits as you’re not employed by anyone. However, I think it’s fair to say the positives outweigh the negatives here.
So, you can see that becoming a private tutor seems like a very good career idea. Now, it’s time to look at how you can get started on this career path:
Becoming A Tutor
Strictly speaking, you don’t need any qualifications to become a tutor. However, you will find it hard to get pupils without one. A parent will look for a tutor with good qualifications, mainly a degree. My advice would be to pursue a teaching degree at university. Most courses also include a certification that shows you’re legally allowed to teach. With a teaching degree, you appear more professional, and people will trust you more.
Create A Classroom
Naturally, as a tutor, you won’t be working in a school classroom. So, you should get to work creating a classroom to teach in. Firstly, you should find a place where you can set up shop. Many private tutors will rent out office space and convert it into a classroom. Those of you with big houses may be able to create a classroom in a spare room or garage. Once you’ve found the ideal place, it’s time to purchase some essentials. You’ll need classroom chairs, a few tables, and some classic stationary equipment. I’d also advise you to get a computer or two in there as well. Finally, you can’t have a classroom without a whiteboard! Either get a classic one or upgrade to a digital whiteboard, the choice is yours.
I should note that not all of your teaching needs to be done in a classroom. For an extra fee, you could offer home visits for some pupils. This is a good idea as it helps give you a unique selling point. Instead of only doing home visits or only using a classroom, you cater to both!
Decide What You Want To Teach
It’s important that you decide what you want to teach. This helps you determine what textbooks and resources you need to buy. Think about the age group you wish to teach, and the subjects you cover. Some tutors will specify in one subject, for one age group. Others specify in one subject for multiple age groups. Then, you have tutors that teach different subjects to certain age groups. It’s up to you, deciding will help make your life a lot easier. Try and choose something that’s currently in demand.
When you think about it, becoming a tutor is a lot like running a business. As such, you need to promote the service you offer. There are websites that you can join and then make yourself available for work. I also suggest creating a website for yourself, to showcase your qualifications and allow people to know more about you. Finally, try and spread the word in your local area. You can do this by posting on social media or printing out small flyers to hand out.
Once you’ve followed these tips, you’re ready to start your career as a tutor. For me, it’s a rewarding career path that can also bring financial success. If you had dreams of being a teacher, then I recommend you consider this career idea instead.