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A MEANINGFUL ENCORE CAREER
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May 2010
 


 
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

This Month's Feature Article
This month's article, Do You Want a Meaningful Encore Career? Then Try Teaching, may stimulate your thoughts.

Career Directions Workshop
Long Hill Chapel (525 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ 07928, 973-377-2255) will host a completely free Career Directions Workshop, from April 26, 2010 to June 28, 2010. It consists of nine modular sessions of two hours each, on Mondays, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The presenters are Don Sutaria, Founder and President of CareerQuest, and Tom Wilson, former Global Head of Recruiting at Merrill Lynch. For details and directions, please visit Long Hill Chapel's website at www.LongHillChapel.net.

If you live within driving distance, we encourage you to participate. The workshop would benefit those who are currently out of work, those considering a career change, as well as those just entering the job market. It is open to everyone in the community, and you do not have to be a part of any religious organization. Topics include: Getting Started, Marketing Campaign, Resumes & Cover Letters, Getting the Interview, The Successful Interview, Getting the Offer, Closing the Offer, Starting a New Job, Keys to Success.

Career Stimulus Compassion Package Extended
In our desire to help as many people as we can, we launched a new innovative program on January 1, 2010, called Career Stimulus Compassion Package. The response has been incredible so far. So hurry! Run, don't walk! The expiration date for this offer has been extended to June 30, 2010. In essence, Career Doctor Don will offer totally free career advice if you have been unemployed for over 12 months, 50% off if you have been unemployed for 6-12 months, and 25% off if you have been looking for a job up to 6 months. Proof is required.

Book Endorsements
Our book, Career and Life Counseling From the Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!), has received many excellent reviews. Six reviews give the book a 5-star rating, and three have a 4-star rating.

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? says:
"Don Sutaria is one of the career counselors I most admire in the U.S. He talks about things other career counselors don't, like "your soul." Now he has written a book I like a lot, with brilliant short chapters you can digest day by day. I recommend it unreservedly to everyone."
We are deeply grateful for his endorsement.

  Career and Life Counseling From the Heart book cover
This book has been nicknamed as Chicken Soup for Your Career! Take a peek inside this book at Amazon.com before you decide to buy it. It is also available as an e-book from iUniverse.

Until we meet again through the magic of email, keep your feedback coming.

Peace! Love! Shalom!

Don Sutaria, MS, IE (Prof.)
Founder, President & Life-Work Coach
CareerQuest


 
  Do You Want a Meaningful Encore Career? Then Try Teaching.  
 
Some of the happiest and most meaningful times I've had are the ones I have spent teaching college students. In my opinion, teaching is truly a life rejuvenator. You never know what question you may have to field from a young inquisitive mind. It keeps your mind sharp and turns you into a lifelong learner, even if you have never been one before. A random sampling of college courses I taught are as follows: Organizational Development, Public Speaking, Career Development, The Successful Job Search, Entrepreneurship.

My early training was in engineering and management. For more than three decades, I earned my living working for the pharmaceutical, food, fine chemical, brewing and beverage industries, either on the company's staff or as an internal or external consultant. Even during this time, I had the good fortune to teach in-house courses to mechanics, electricians and other technicians, at the same time enjoying it. Of course, this presupposes that you like to teach and share, even on a part-time or adjunct basis.

Perhaps you may never get rich just by school or college teaching on a part-time basis or even a full-time basis as a substitute teacher or an adjunct professor. Ask me. I've had that experience. The compensation at junior colleges and small faith-based colleges is notoriously low. Public four-year colleges pay you reasonably well, and ivy-league colleges may pay you on the high end of the scale.

If you have been in the world of work for a very long time, becoming a teacher at any level does cost you time and money. Many states provide alternative paths for becoming school teachers, taking into account your past real-life experiences. If you've had some previous teaching experience, it will work in your favor. Science and math teachers are in great demand. In addition, if you are a male, schools welcome you with open arms as a primary school teacher. The reason is that traditionally these slots have been filled by females, and by restoring some sense of gender balance, a male role model is presented to young children.

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"Teaching is the opposite of corporate greed. You are giving from the heart. You are in a sense putting these kids way ahead of yourself, and their learning ahead of yourself. You are involved in an unselfish act.".

Although four-year colleges prefer to hire adjuncts with at least a master's degree, having worked in any industry for a number of years may allow you to apply for a position even with a bachelor's degree in some cases. Two-year or junior colleges may welcome instructors with at least a bachelor's degree.

Typically, a three-credit course, taught once a week for 14 weeks, might pay $2,400, at the middle of the compensation scale. Based on my own experience, developing a new 2-3-credit course can easily absorb 100-200 hours of your time. Examinations, grading of papers, open office hours, and the like, can rack up another 15-20 hours per week. Smaller colleges have been known to pay as low as $1,200 for a three-credit course, but on the flip side, prestigious business schools have been known to pay up to $15,000 for graduate level courses. My personal experience shows that for a conscientious adjunct professor, the financial rewards will never match the amount of efforts put in. If you really love teaching as a vocation or calling, the non-financial psychological rewards like giving depth to your resume and widening your networking contacts can be significant.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that during recessionary periods, the demand for adult education rises. It stands to reason that many unemployed people are returning to school to acquire additional qualifications. Hence the need for adjunct professors. In addition, since faculty budgets are being slashed for full-time positions, it is a virtual necessity to fill the gap by hiring part-time faculty or adjuncts.

Keep an eye out for job fairs for school teachers. College teaching positions can be scanned in publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education, which has a nationwide circulation. Web sites of individual schools and colleges are other places to mine for jobs.

Richard Bach, a philosopher, says, "You teach best what you most need to learn."

Education specialist and author, Erika Karres, ED.D., has identified 10 joys of teaching. The one I like best is, "Teaching is the opposite of corporate greed. You are giving from the heart. You are in a sense putting these kids way ahead of yourself, and their learning ahead of yourself. You are involved in an unselfish act."




Don Sutaria, also known as "Career Doctor Don", is Founder and President of CareerQuest. He has been quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on radio and television and has taught at various colleges. He is the author of Career And Life Counseling From The Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!).


 
 
Don Sutaria, M.S., I.E. (Prof.)   
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