The Opportunity to Teach Others
A college degree may qualify you to teach a night course at your local community college or university. In most cases, at least a master's degree is required. A trade school or other vocational entity may need someone to teach students how to apply for a job after graduation, and a degree is normally not needed for this. Your role will be to talk to students from the perspective of the person on the other side of the desk. Call it giving the inside scoop, if you will.
In most cases, a degree is not required to teach an adult continuing-education course. Doing so will not only result in extra cash, it will help you develop your public-speaking skills and establish expertise. Monetary compensation varies and can be anywhere from $25–$150 per hour. Teaching is a great credential to add to your accomplishments and many find it to be a rewarding experience. Your local school district or community college may offer community-education courses that do not require degreed instructors, too.
If you do not have a master's degree, look for noncredit classes to teach such as continuing-education or community-education courses taught through your local school district, college, university, civic center, parks and recreation department, or chamber of commerce.
To get hired as an instructor, present yourself as a practitioner and prepare a course outline, including visual materials and handouts. Consider which textbooks you'll use, if applicable. There is a lot of preparation involved, but the curriculum will remain yours and you can use it again at another facility. Some classes will require a minimum number of enrollees, which means that if not enough people sign up you may have to solicit students to help get the class started. New instructors find it easiest to start out with small classes.
Volunteer work can be rewarding in terms of professional development and intellectual stimulation. As a human resource professional, you can volunteer your time offering job search, interviewing, and resume tips to high school students or for nonprofit organizations that assist recovering drug addicts, battered women, incarcerated persons, or other people transitioning into the workforce.