They’re the guardian angels of senior school students. They are the guiding lights, the ones who help students find their future path, and tell them how to pursue it. They are the counterbalance to parents, ensuring that what the student decides to do is really their decision.
What do they do?
An educational consultant is someone who advises students on what course to take after school, or what college to aim for, and what they would need to do to get there.
They look at the student’s interests, their strengths and weaknesses, their performance, and in what direction the students wants to head. Taking all this into account, they advise the student on a future course of action.
They may point out areas of focus for the student, tell them what tests they may need to take, suggest training classes and recommend colleges to aim for.
They may even act as a counterbalance to parental pressure.For example, if the parent wants their child to pursue medicine, but the child is more interested in and better at music, the consultant may talk to the parent, advising that they allow the child to pursue their interest rather than what the parent wants.
However, an important part of their job is that they remain unbiased, and make sure each suggestion is in the best interests of the child.
Ability to memorise information easily
- Impartiality in decision making
How do I get there?
An educational consultant should have experience with being an educator, as well as having a teaching license, or a degree in education.
Ideally, an educational consultant should have a degree in Psychology and in Education, and some schools look for people who have completed a Master’s degree in education.
Pros & Cons about this career
As a consultant, you would earn a healthy salary, and sometimes even get paid vacations. In addition, you would get to meet and help a lot of students, and have a variety in your daily routine.
You may have long work hours, and maybe even work on weekends. Independent consultants often work with families who are in a crisis, and often have to do a lot of traveling.