Pursuing an Encore Career as a Teacher

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This Week in Kaplan University's Visionary Voices video series: changing careers to be a teacher. Watch the video now!

If you're considering a new career as a teacher, there couldn't be a more exciting time to enter the field, according to Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education and an expert on education and public policy.

Technological innovations and more opportunities for online learning are only a few of the reasons why mid-life job changers should consider teaching as an encore career, says Spellings in Kaplan University’s Visionary Voices video series.

Spellings is president and chief executive of Margaret Spellings and Co., a public policy consulting firm, and serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on multiple non-profit boards.

"In the global knowledge economy, what industry do I want to be in – education," Spellings says in the video. "It’s a fabulous place to make a career, it’s certainly not an industry that’s going away, it’s a place to make a difference, and it’s a place to have a heck of a lot of fun."

Schools need career changers who have the time and willingness to give back, Spellings says. "We need those people," especially those with math and science skills that they can share with a new generation of learners, she says.

Check out the video to hear more of what Spellings says about life-long learning and opportunities in education. Fast-forward to 4:40 to hear her thoughts on encore careers in education:

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Kaplan University provides a practical, student-centered education that prepares individuals for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org). It serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

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