How Future Educators Can Improve Their CV

A teaching candidate handing her curriculum vitae to an interviewer

You don’t have to wait until you graduate with your teaching degree to get started improving your CV. Your CV, or curriculum vitae, is like a resume that’s longer and more detailed. CVs have a heavy emphasis on educational background and accomplishments, which is why they’re used along with cover letters by job candidates in academic, medicine and research fields. You won’t be expected to have a very lengthy CV when you first graduate, but you should be able to list more on it than just your degree. Aspiring teachers can plump up a curriculum vitae with the following activities.

Find a Summer Job Working With Students

Most college students get a summer job and many work part-time year-round. Look for job opportunities that connect you with children, such as being a tutor. Your summer job doesn’t necessarily have to be teaching-related. You could find a position as a camp counselor, for instance, which could help you develop an intuitive understanding of how your future self can connect with your students to better inspire them.

Look for Relevant Volunteer Opportunities

If you can’t find a job working with kids, or even if you can, you could hunt for relevant volunteer positions. Big Brother/Big Sister programs are excellent ways for aspiring teachers to get great experience working one-on-one with children. The children you work with will, in turn, get the invaluable benefit of your mentorship.

Check the elementary, middle or high schools in your area for volunteer opportunities as well. This could also help you grow your professional network. Other possibilities include spending a summer abroad teaching English as a second language, or volunteering for a children’s hospital. These experiences would not only be rewarding, but they would show your future employers that you have a genuine passion for helping kids.

Make the Most of Your Student Teaching Internship

Before you earn your certification to teach, you’ll participate in a student teaching internship. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from an experienced mentor teacher. At first, you’ll take on a primarily observational role. After the first week, you’ll begin helping your mentor with classroom activities, working one-on-one with students and perhaps teaching small groups of students. Later on, you’ll be given more freedom to teach some entire lesson plans to the class, prepare tests, conduct assessments and participate in parent/teacher communication.

Depending on the policies of the school, you may be able to take on an even greater role. Ask whether you’ll be allowed to start, lead or participate in after-school activities. Volunteer to provide extra tutoring after school or serve as a chaperone for an after-school club. Look for any opportunities to demonstrate your passion for teaching and helping students succeed and remember to write down what you’ve accomplished. You’ll thank yourself for being well-organized when you sit down to write your curriculum vitae.

When you become a student at Grand Canyon University, you’ll love our upbeat learning community and comprehensive student support services, including our ACE Center, which will help you transition from student to working professional. Click on the Request Information button at the top of your screen to explore the degree programs in our College of Education.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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