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Over the past few months, an eerie stillness has blanketed the world. Many of our buzzing lives have abruptly halted to an unexpected stop at the arrival of COVID-19. As the U.S. takes part in upending the virus, nearly every American life has already been affected – from moderate disruptions in our daily routines to battling illness and job loss.

In March, unemployment claims skyrocketed to 3.3 million. No doubt, this number is unsettling, but, one group in particular, is left wondering what this means for their future. As the pandemic spread, colleges around the nation disbanded and sent students packing their bags. In a sudden departure, they are now monitoring the situation from afar, in a heightened state of anxiety. From hiring freezes to empty job fairs – what do their future career prospects look like?

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Each recession presents new challenges. As we scrutinize statistics and learn that recession graduates earn 17.5% less than their comparative cohorts who graduate in a stable market, our next steps must be taken carefully. While we study prediction models and analyze historical data, there is no way to know for certain how the current recession will unfold. Certainly, the reason for concern is real. Fortunately, there is a glimmer of hope as “the prospects for a soft landing look better than widely thought”. This soft landing suggests that the lasting impacts may not be as severe. If recession graduates tread cautiously, they may evade negative outcomes tied to the recession.

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If you are seeking a job during the recession, the key is to pursue a career in a stable industry (read about the top 10 recession-proof jobs). Avoid jobs depend on the economy, or those which only do well during recessions or a stable market. To ward off unforeseen or prolonged employment, secure a job is always in demand. We can pinpoint which industry offers stability by discovering which job in America is most in demand – even when the economy is thriving. What job could possibly survive during both times of economic strife and stability? Teaching.

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All 50 states report teacher shortages; the magnitude of the problem is real. As COVID-19 presents a myriad of challenges, it is possible that “there will be an increased shortage of K-12 teachers next year”. For 15 years, Teachers of Tomorrow has been working to close this gap. The need for teachers is transparent. If you’re looking for your job market “in” – you’ve found it – become a teacher. The qualifications? A bachelor’s degree in any subject. Things are looking up, graduate.

The recent stimulus package introduced to ease the burden of economic strain has allocated $13.5 billion in funding for K-12 education. Schools will continue to support our economy. The necessity to educate our youth perseveres through recessions. In fact, it may be the one industry that remains truly consistent. The fact our government is investing in K-12 education demonstrates its importance. The budget is there. The jobs are there. Where are you?

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Teachers of Tomorrow’s mission is to help students get the quality teachers they deserve. We have streamlined the process of becoming a teacher. Here’s what to do next:

  1. Finish your degree. This is crucial. If you hope to sidestep recession, make sure you finish your bachelor’s degree.
  2. Apply to become a teacher. Submitting an application is free and could be the ticket to defying discouraging recession statistics. Take 60 seconds of your time and apply now to change your life.
  3. Begin your training 100% online*. Join us in doing our part to arrest COVID-19 in its tracks. Stay safe and prepare to become a teacher at home. When the world’s doors reopen, you will be ready to walk through them as a teacher.

There is much uncertainty while navigating these trying times. While you can’t control everything, you can take control of your future and secure a stable job by becoming a teacher. Graduating during recession? No problem.

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