Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: Chances are, if you’ve had a long career and you have the right degrees, you can teach at the college level in your community. Young minds are waiting!

Amava Take: If you’ve put in your ten thousand hours at something after getting all the necessary training, you know something that college students need to know. Practitioners can be excellent teachers, especially for students hungry to maximize their education dollars and prepare themselves for productive careers. What’s in it for you? The satisfaction of sharing what you know, connection to a generation of students who share your interests and a cool new flexible job, that’s what!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People with education and training in their field who are organized and present themselves clearly.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Take the time to talk with your students. You’ll learn a lot.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Typically once or twice a week for a few hours for the duration of the quarter or semester. Grading time will vary based on what you assign.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Meeting (mostly) younger people who are curious and motivated.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Planning lessons to cover everything and still have time for discussion.

Are you more a sage-on-the-stage or a guide-on-the-side type?

Probably more guide on the side. Engaging with students is worth the effort!

Special Requirements: Most local and community colleges require a four-year degree and some years of work experience. Many prefer a master’s degree. Larger universities tend to favor PhDs for full-time faculty, but requirements for guest lecturers and adjuncts can vary greatly, so it is always worth checking into. Teacher information portals provide useful information about working as a college professor that you may want to check out.

Finding a Position: Higher education job boards are an excellent way to learn about available positions. Many community colleges advertise for “pool” positions, keeping qualified individuals on file and contacting them as opportunities arise.