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Speech Therapist, English Teacher, Language Lover, Musician Looking For Creative Work

I am a speech-language pathologist in a school setting. I have long term experience with teaching, as well as playing and writing music, and I have a passion for studying foreign languages. Where to I begin to explore careers that make use of a number of these skills and interests rather than feeling pigeonholed into one particular role?

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Vijayalakshmi’s Answer

Versatile indeed !! You have a lot of interesting skills!! Maybe a school setting should be your base , a part time job that lets you have free time to work on your other interests. Playing music and writing music can make up for the rest of your time and when you are not so busy with these activities your interests in learning foreign languages should be actively pursued.
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Mary’s Answer

The “SLP alternatives and job transitions” Facebook group is a great resource! Our degree may seem narrow, but our skills are actually valuable in many careers. You just have to learn how to “translate” your resume into the language of the new field.
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Beth’s Answer

I am a PT with many SLP friends. Your years in the schools is to be celebrated but school speech treatment is very restricted in time and creativity. Maybe a change in setting would help help and still use your degree.
Home health or clinic pediatric treatment gives you a larger variety of patients and more creative license to treat how you want. If you are in a metropolitan area, you will have frequent contact with many languages to practice.
Transitioning to adult care could also give you new challenges. My SLP friends are frequently singing and using music for sequencing and rhythm.
You worked so hard for your SLP and there is such a need out there I hate to see you leave the profession.
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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Ilan

Have you ever thought about teaching adults who are learning English? It's a very rewarding field. After classroom teaching, I did this and loved it. You can be creative and certainly use your language skills. You don't need to speak other languages - just be patient and creative!

If you're interested, check out this website: https://www.teachercertificationdegrees.com/careers/esl-teacher/

My M.Ed. in Education was enough for me to teach. You might also consider GED classes - language and creativity again.

Good luck and keep teaching - we need you!

Stephanie
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