Explore Your Options
The field of education focuses on the transfer of knowledge, skills, and habits through teaching, training, research, and administration. This field consists of many systems, including preschool, primary, secondary, vocational, alternative, special, and university education.
Learn About the Field
Career exploration is all about research. Use the following information to learn if a career in education is for you.
Latest News in the Field
Keep informed about what's happening in this field by reading what the professionals read. Visit the following sites regularly!
Now that you've done a little research about the education field, it's time to start meeting with industry professionals. It's an easy way to learn more about what your future career path might look like. It's also a great way to network with people who may know about internship or full-time job opportunities.
IUB Alumni LinkedIn – You can connect with over 186,000 IUB alumni from various programs after you create a LinkedIn profile. Search for alumni based on location, company, industry, and what they studied. To learn more about how to set-up your profile and use this tool, visit these resources.
IU Alumni Directory—Request an account and use it to search for IU Alumni who have graduated from our education programs. You can see where they’re working now and email them directly from the site. Contact a dozen people to start with and see where you end up. You may need to contact more in order to get some helpful responses.
Informational Interviewing Guide—Once you know who you’re interested in talking with, use this guide to request and conduct an informational interview.
Social Media Networking
Use social media to network with professionals and their organizations. LinkedIn, a professional networking site, is a great way to connect. Here are a few organizations that have a strong social presence.
- American Association of Employment in Education: LinkedIn
- American Federation of Teachers: Facebook, YouTube
- Association of American Educators: Facebook, Twitter
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
- Education Week: Twitter
- Higher Education Management: LinkedIn
- Higher Education Teaching and Learning: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
- National Education Association: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: Twitter
Join a Professional Association
National professional associations are valuable sources for a variety of career information. You can learn about certification requirements, job leads, internships, educational opportunities, and more. Many associations offer discounted membership rates for students.
Build Your Skills
Having career-relevant work experience on your resume will give you a big head start when it comes time to land your post-grad dream job. Now that you’ve researched your career options, take advantage of the opportunities below to build the skills you need to be competitive. Remember: employers also like to see plenty of leadership experience listed.
Join Student Organizations
There are more than 700 student organizations at IU—which means there are more than 700 ways you can get some really impressive leadership experience. Below are some groups specific to education. Check out BeINvolved to learn about even more student organizations through IU Student Life and Learning.
Get a Part Time Job
Use myJobs to learn about part- and full-time job opportunities. Here are career-relevant jobs that students have participated in.
*Jobs with asterisks are within walking distance from campus.
Put your talents to good use and build experience along the way! Off-campus volunteer opportunities exist around every corner. Below are some volunteer opportunities within about an hour’s drive of Bloomington.
Find a job or internship
You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from education majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent education graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in this major can prepare you for a number of careers.
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to education. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Searches
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
- Learning Style
- Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you’re preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization’s history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company’s about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you’re hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What is your philosophy on teaching?
- Why are you interested in working for this school/institution/program?
- If funding for resources wasn’t a consideration, how would you describe your ideal classroom?
- How would you handle difficult parents?
- What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
- How do you incorporate new forms of technology in the classroom?
- How do you motivate students?
- Substitute teaching is the best networking strategy for finding a full-time job, and it is a great part-time job to have while you are still in school.
- Experience with diversity (race, ability, socioeconomic status, etc.) is a great asset to have on your resume and something you will probably be asked to address in the interview.
- Gain experience supervising a large group of children (camps, afterschool programs, schools, pools and daycares may be a great place to look for these opportunities).
- Experience working for organizations where you design and implement educational programming and activities can help you gain valuable lesson-planning experience.
- Many job search candidates in this industry will use an online portfolio to provide potential employers with examples of their work. We recommend these sites for creating an online portfolio.