Jobs for Former & Retired Teachers


Sooner or later experts in all different fields start thinking about career changes, and classroom teachers are no exception. Retired teachers can also search for less stressful job after retirement, where they can apply their skills and experience in a new capacity.
If you’re thinking of what job to do after teaching, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll take a look at some possible jobs for former teachers and jobs for retired teachers.

10 Possible Careers After Teaching

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1. Counseling

If you still want to interact with students, you can try the job of a school counselor as one of many jobs for retired teachers. Counselors help younger students with problems, deal with parental concerns, and more. At the high school level, school counselors spend more time on college and career counseling. With a job in counseling, you won’t have to leave your educational institution – you’ll just change your profile.

2. Consulting

Another option of staying in an institution but changing the profile is to become an education consultant. Consultants work not just with students but also with teachers. Their jobs involve curriculum improvements, instruction, assessment, leadership, and culture in a school. Consultants learn about a school’s problems and come up with ways to solve them by observing and talking to teachers. As a consultant, you may work with the entire teaching staff or with a specific group of teachers. It’s another great role for former teachers. 

3. Individual Teaching

One on one teaching probably belongs on this listing of the best jobs for retired teachers. Such a job brings the teacher-student interaction to a higher level than in a classroom and makes it easier to choose the most suitable learning approaches. Besides, the teachers can develop their own working schedules, not depending on the overall schedule of a school or another institution.

4. Corporate Tutoring

Big corporations can order lessons for groups of employees in order to develop additional skills that are needed for work. For example, some international companies offer corporate English lessons. Therefore, teachers of English can retire or leave an educational institution and choose corporate teaching as one of possible jobs after teaching. Advantages of this  change can be a salary raise and knowledge sharing with professionals who want to learn English, or something else that is useful as an extra skill at work.

5. Instructional Design

Former teachers can also use their skills in the e-learning sphere. Specifically, they can either help IT companies design their e-learning platforms or develop their own online courses and sell them at portals such as Udemy. Such careers for former teachers help a teacher build a trusted online profile, extend their target audience, and earn a good reputation as a professional educator.

6. Educational Startups

Former teachers can cooperate with software developers and create startups such as mobile apps or games for studying various subjects. They can create totally new learning approaches and present them to learners. This can be not only a job for former teachers, but also a new exciting opportunity in the competitive world of startups.

7. Examiners/Assessors

Careers for retired teachers can also include assessment work at exams, both written and spoken. Besides, they can prepare the content of exams. Of course this type of job after teaching is most suitable for former language teachers in non-English-speaking countries.

8. Jobs Related to Subject of Teaching

Possible careers after teaching can include those related to the subject that you were teaching. For example, Language teachers can work in the translation field, either on a full-time or on a freelance basis, whereas chemistry teachers can work in a lab, and so on. In such a way teachers can benefit from applying their knowledge of a subject not only by teaching but also directly.

9. Work in Government/Administrative Institutions

Skills of a teacher include flexibility, ability to explain in simple words, and ability to work under stressful conditions. Such skills may come in handy when working in administrative institutions, such as local councils, because this type of jobs after retirement for teachers involves daily interaction with people.

10. Online Teaching

Teaching online is one of the best jobs for retired teachers. You can teach from anywhere and have full control over the schedule of your classes. You get more time not only to prepare your lessons but also to have a rest. No more time and money is wasted on getting to and from work, so when it comes to good jobs for former teachers, online teaching is also cost-efficient.
VIPKID is an innovative platform for online learning, which connects ESL teachers and their potential students from all over the world. Now we’re looking for candidates just like you – skilled, professional, looking for career change and willing to work online. Check out our careers page to learn more and apply today to get one of the most attractive employment opportunities for retired teachers.

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  1. My mother is a retired school teacher and this information may be just what she has been looking for. Thank you for sharing

    • Katherine Graves, if your mother is interested in online teaching with VIPKID, I can tell you it is a remarkable opportunity. You teach 1-1, the 25 min lessons are all prepared, and you create your own schedule! I would love to have the opportunity to work with your Mom if she decides to work for VIPKID. Here is a referral link for her:
      I will receive her email address if she uses this link. Good luck to your Mom!

  2. I am a teacher with VIPKID and this job has added a new spark to my life! I retired 4 years ago and have volunteered in the local school system, but teaching on line and getting paid for it has been wonderful. The interaction with the children along with the support from VIPKID is phenomenal.

  3. I believe this is a whole new area to hire some really fantastic educators. Their experience in the classroom and work with kids can speak volumes for VIPKID.

  4. VIPKID online teaching is a wonderful opportunity for me. I am a Teacher with disabilities and working in a traditional classroom is not an option at this time. I am so grateful to be able to teach again. Teaching has been my solace after my husband died. As you can imagine after his death my finances are much lower. After being disabled I make a 1/4th of my previous pay. I have had hard times paying bills and even buying food. With this job, I feel emotionally fulfilled and productive. I can also afford to feed myself every month. I have turned down other online teaching positions because I felt that they didn’t represent my belief in the quality of education that VIPKID offers to the students. I am so impressed with the vigorous interviewing process ongoing training.

  5. I am a retired school administrator and have enjoyed the last six months teaching English to students in China using VIPKid.

  6. I agree with the idea that VIPKid is a great part time job for retired teachers! That’s me, and I wasn’t so sure when my daughter in law told me about this opportunity because of the technology involved. However, I’ve been teaching for two months, loving it, and rarely have any tech issues. I’m hoping it continues to be just the job I need to supplement my pension. Thank you!

  7. I love this job! I can retire at any time, and now that I’m teaching with VIPKID, I will probably retire at the end of this year.

  8. Great ideas! However, health insurance is an issue with some of these positions. Especially if you are an independent contractor, consultant or part-time teacher without benefits.

  9. These are some great ideas. As I get closer and closer to retirement, I’m looking for ways to stay involved with a profession I love. VipKID has been a perfect fit for me.

  10. I would highly recommend VIPKID to retired teachers who are looking to teach in a less stressful environment. Teaching online in the comfort of your home is an excellent way to be able to continue doing what you love without the hustle and bustle of going to the brick and mortar work place.

  11. I feel the same as Joyce Baker. Another possible job for retired teachers with their ability to observe and assess is to become a secret shopper.

  12. I’m a retired teacher working for VIPKid and absolutely love it! I made 24.00 shy of $1000.00 my first full month teaching wonderful respectful Chinese children! I teach 2-4 hours per day. #Gettingpaidtohavefun

  13. I am a retired public school teacher who retired way too young to help my aging father on the farm. When we found out he had terminal cancer and the farm would be sold, I could not get back in to public school because I had been drawing retirement already for 7 months. So, I took a part time job and the local junior college. But then someone told me about this. Wow. Game changer for me for sure. Now I can make an extra 500 a month when I would normally be watching TV in the evening on the weekends.

  14. I’m a retired teacher working for VIPKid and I love it! This is an amazing job and the students are awesome!! I love that I can teach from home and VIPKid makes it so easy with all of the lessons laid out for you.

  15. I left a comment to Kate previously but then I read these and am even more excited at the possibility of being employed in the effort. It seems to me that “once a teacher/ always a teacher” would be highly evident in these shared comments. However, I am now even more hopeful I will be considered a good candidate for this opportnity.

  16. These comments are just what I needed for encouragement to move ahead with VIPKid. As a retired teacher, I was not sure I would “fit in” as I was under the wrong impression the company was interested in younger folk. Glad I found you and I am looking forward to being accepted as a VIPkid teacher!

  17. I am considering the VipKid teaching opportunity and would like to know how long it take to start earning income. Also, are there full time hours available if you desire to make this a full time career?

  18. If you are interested in teaching after retirement, I would echo the experience of what others have said. VIPKID is a highly rewarding job with unique flexibility to work from the comfort of your own home while still having fulfilling work. I have taught with VIPKID for the past fourteen months and was previously a public school teacher. If interested, I would be happy to answer any questions and help guide you through the hiring process. Please use the below link:


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