Monday, February 1, 2010

Teaching

Interesting article from yesterday's New York Times. Not only does it highlight potential opportunities for professionals that are between jobs, it also subtly points out the enormous pressures that colleges are under to try to find ways to reduce costs.

Here's an excerpt from the piece - the full link can be found below:

The Search - Back to School, as an Adjunct - NYTimes.com
January 31, 2010
The Search

Back to School, as an Adjunct

IN this time of job insecurity, the question may have occurred to you: Should you consider part-time teaching as a way to improve your finances and expand your career opportunities?

Becoming a teacher can be rigorous and time-consuming, but at the college level, part-time teaching is a realistic option for some professionals. Postsecondary schools are often willing to be flexible about academic credentials in return for real-world expertise.

The need for part-time professors, known as adjuncts, is high right now. Education is one of the few areas of the economy that has been expanding, partly because so many of the unemployed are returning to school.

You may not want to pursue teaching part time, however, if your motivation is mainly financial. The pay for adjunct professors is usually low, and the work can be challenging. Still, the nonmonetary rewards that come with teaching can be substantial.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/jobs/31search.html?emc=eta1&pagewanted=print