Alternatives to Teaching

Every once in a while an intern gets through his/her student teaching and decides that classroom teaching is not for them. And guess what, that’s OK! If this is how you’re feeling, read on.

Although we don’t want to discourage qualified teachers to teach, sometimes it just isn’t the right professional fit. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities similar to teaching that allow one to use his/her transferable skill sets. Many find that nonprofits provide a good cultural fit for former teachers, and often still allow the professional to serve an important population: youth.

MSU College Advising Corps

As an example of a nonprofit of interest, the Michigan State University College Advising Corps (MSUCAC), in close partnership with the national College Advising Corps (NCAC) and the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), is designed to help Michigan students pursue post-secondary education. In this program, recent Michigan State University graduates serve as AmeriCorps members in selected public high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low socio-economic status and low adult educational attainment rates. Working alongside school professionals, MSUCAC AmeriCorps members serve as College Advisers and support students as they make the transition from high school to a post-secondary institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on low-income, first generation students, mentoring these students through the complex and costly steps toward college enrollment. They provide students and their families with relevant information regarding the benefits of a post-secondary education, preparing for college attendance, and the admission and financial aid processes.

Advisers commit to a term of service starting in early July and ending at the completion of the academic year usually mid to late June. Advisers must successfully complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service in their schools to receive post service benefits. To be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment, Advisers may choose to commit to one additional school year of service to the Advising Corps.

To learn more about this program go to

MSUCAC is hiring! MSUCAC is still looking to hire 3 additional College Advisers for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Must be a recent graduate of MSU (within 2 years of graduation). To see the job posting log in to Handshake and search job posting #: 417626 or go to

Closing Date: 8/24/2016 – Missed this deadline? Don’t worry, the MSUCAC seeks advisers each year. Be sure to check the web site for more information.

Other Nonprofits

Check out as a resource to seek out other opportunities with nonprofits across the country…many of which promote education, access to education, and serving underrepresented youth.




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