Cooking Up Careers in Culinary School

No matter what college or career training program you attend, it’s wise to introduce yourself to those in your college’s Career Services office. From resume help to internship and job hook-ups, as a student or alumni, you should take advantage of the career resources and support provided.

We caught up with The Culinary Institute of America in New York to get a taste of its career services menu…

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Education Scholarships Recognize Those Who Excel in the Classroom

It was Albert Einstein who said that “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Those who embody that spirit and wish to advance to leadership roles in education will be happy to hear that there are a number of scholarships specifically designed for that very purpose.

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Online Instructors Need Degrees, Technical Know-How

Just as more there’s more opportunities for learning online, all those classes need qualified instructors to share their knowledge with undergraduate and graduate students.

If you’re already in the teaching field or pursuing an education career, working as an online instructor or online teaching assistant can put your skills and know-how to good use. Working remotely also can provide flexibility, if you are still pursuing an advanced degree, and you will be learning what it takes to connect with students virtually today.

As you get started by searching online for “online instructor” or “online teaching” jobs, you’ll also want to look at job openings at universities and community colleges in your town, your alma maters, and for-profit online universities.

Generally, you’ll find that major universities require online instructors to have the same type of advanced degrees as traditional classroom instructors: a doctorate degree in the field. If you’re pursuing your master’s degree or a doctorate, one opportunity is to work as a teaching assistant for an online instructor.

Online classes offered by community colleges or online-focused schools often seek adjunct professors to work on a part-time basis, by teaching one or two courses a semester. Those schools are typically looking for online instructor job candidates to have a master’s degree, at least, in that specific field.

Job openings and other reports about online adjunct positions note that average pay per course for an online instructor is $1,500-$1,700. Some adjuncts work for multiple schools, so that they can earn enough to be teaching full time.

Three recent job listings for part-time online adjunct professors reflect what type of skills and education is required to get the jobs:

Campbell University, a private school based in North Carolina, is hiring part-time adjunct faculty members to teach online courses in psychology, accounting, English, and business for undergraduates, and requires a doctoral degree in those disciplines.

Northeastern State University, a public institution in Oklahoma, is seeking faculty to teach hybrid and online classes in a variety of subject areas. Instructors need a master’s degree to teach undergraduate students and doctorate degrees to teach graduate-level courses.

Ross College Online, which offers an associates degree in medical assisting, is hiring individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree and previous online teaching experience for courses in areas such as psychology, nutrition, pharmacology, and medical law and ethics.

There are some rare cases where adjunct professors may only hold a bachelor’s degree, but they are working professionals brought on by colleges because of their success in a certain industry and the lessons they can share with students.

You can also find work as an online high school teacher, and a bachelor’s degree may be all that is required to be an online instructor.

In addition to meeting degree requirements, working as an online instructor requires knowing how to communicate online. You’ll need knowledge of specific technology that schools use as well as general strong written communication skills, since there is little to none face-to-face contact with students.

Colleges are seeking online instructors who can provide the same quality education experience for students that they have offered in the classroom. With the right degrees and skills, it could be a good fit for you.

Hot Careers for Summer Lovers

What do you love most about summer? For me, it’s the long hours of daylight, lazy days at the beach, and more time with my family. It might surprise you to learn that the very things you love about summer can help you discover a new career passion. If you’re a quintessential summer lover, don’t miss these opportunities to marry your love of the warmer months with your work.

Resort Activities Director
If you love a good vacation – and who doesn’t? – a career in leisure could be your ticket to success. Bring your passion for water sports, cookouts, and luaus to work, along with some planning prowess, and you can get paid to organize and enjoy your favorite summer activities. It’s like working in a land of permanent vacation.
Sign me up: In addition to strong leadership, organization, and communication skills, many of these wellness workers have a bachelor’s degree in parks and rec­reation or a similar field, and some hold a master’s degree.
Summer lover salary: $25,270

Toy Designer
Summer is a time for fun and games, laughter and leisure. And wouldn’t it be great to find work in your play? From card games to board games to Matchbox cars, toys rely on skilled artists to bring them to life. When you bring your big ideas and creative skills to the table as a toy designer, you can count on fun all year long.
Sign me up: A bachelor’s degree in toy design or industrial design is a great way to demonstrate your drawing, sculpting, and computer design skills.
Summer lover salary: $61,890

Chef
If you enjoy spending summer nights hosting dinner parties for all your friends (no worries about going out on a school night!), sink your teeth into a career in the culinary industry. Chefs are kings of creativity, using knowledge of food as well as artistic license to develop and prepare mouth-watering, crowd-pleasing concoctions. Become a year-round chef and savor the flavors of summer.
Sign me up: Culinary school is the place to go to become a well-seasoned chef; a bachelor’s degree and oodles of kitchen experience can help you make it to the top.
Summer lover salary: $44,780

Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Summer is all about the sun – and what better place to harness the power of the sun than the solar industry itself? Solar PV installers get to work with their hands in the great outdoors, enjoy the warm sunshine all day long, and know that the work they do is helping save the planet. Plus, they get to climb on roofs. What’s more summery than that?
Sign me up:
A background in construction is valuable in this trade, as is roofing experience and knowledge of electricity. An associate degree in renewable energy technology can be especially helpful.
Summer lover salary: $33,980

Teacher
Teaching is the ultimate career for summer lovers – because teachers don’t have to work in the summer! Don’t think you’re getting a free pass, though. As any teacher will attest, you will work your butt off for 10 months to get those precious two months of freedom. It’s a hard-earned reward, but if you love the summer (and teaching), it can be worth it.
Sign me up: You need a bachelor’s degree in education and a state license to teach, though some states will let you work with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
Summer lover salary: $54,330

What’s your favorite summer career?

-Robyn Tellefsen