If working with students is something that you are interested in then there are many ways in which you can do just that throughout universities, schools and education centres across the world. In order to be successful at any job which involves working with students, you must be patient, intelligent, kind hearted and committed. These jobs do not always offer the highest salaries and so you will need to be motivated by something more important than money. With this being said there are some positions of power which you could reach. Take Kevin Rolle, Vice President at Colorado State University, he has spent over 20 years working in the education system, with much of that time working in student affairs, a perfect example of the type of career which you could have.

So if you want to work with students, here are some of the ways that you can do it.

Teacher

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way, a teacher, a position which you can take on at many different levels from teaching young children to mature adults. To be a teacher you must be willing to put in the hours and show the dedication and organisational skills that the position requires. Teachers are in fact more than that, they are role models, leaders, friends and parents rolled into one.

Counselling

The large majority of schools and universities have counselling services which they offer to their students. It is important to remember that the majority of students are still learning how to deal with life and very often the in-school counsellor can help many young students. For this job you need the appropriate counselling qualifications and you must be patient and thick skinned to take on such a position. The benefits of this job are very good in terms of being able to positively impact the lives of others.

Career Planning

It is incredibly rare to find someone who knows what kind of career they want at a very young age and the majority of people will grow either not considering it, or flitting between ideas. As a career planner you will be able to help people to understand what kind of thing they are good at and most importantly, what kind of opportunities they have, and how they can take advantage of them. Career planning is not exclusive to young students either, they are often consulted by adults who are looking for a change of career.

Administration

Working in administration may not see you directly working with students but the roles within this area are in place to help the students in any different ways. Administrators are the engine behind educational facilities and they are the ones who look after all of the small details that give students the best educational experience possible. Depending on your expertise you could be working on any number of things from buying, invoicing, promoting, safeguarding, research, data entry and secretarial work, to name just a few.

Education is a great sector to work in that can provide you with a stable and rewarding position.