Education is the process of giving and acquiring knowledge. This may be in a more traditional teaching role, or it may be that you have a desire to pass on the skills that you have developed on to others. There are many different ways to work in education, and in today’s world education is changing. In the past there were generally strict pathways for education – school, university, and apprentice type training. These days, through the schooling system there are several ways to receive education – for example attend school; do home schooling; do correspondence school via internet, hard copy or the radio; attend school part-time whilst completing a traineeship. Once you leave school the options are endless. You can learn skills on the job, go to trade schools, university, community colleges, vocational training, apprenticeships, distance education (vocation and university) and more.

You can see from these examples that one of the main differences is the delivery modes that are available these days, most notably the difference that the internet has made to the way education can be delivered.

No one can predict with certainty what might happen over coming decades; but there are trends which have started to emerge:
The traditional model for universities and vocational colleges has been losing relevance over recent decades. A recent media report stated "We have too many under educated students and too many second rate universities" Traditional institutions in developed countries have been churning out graduates for years who either become unemployed; or cannot get jobs in areas related to what they studied.

Alternative education is expanding while traditional education is under increasing pressure.

Research has shown teachers in traditional schools (primary, secondary and tertiary) are increasingly stressed.

Research is showing that employers are placing less emphasis on qualifications, however learning, knowledge, and skills are still highly valued by employers

New opportunities continue to emerge in alternative forms of delivery. Online education is a boom industry. Production of multimedia and educational video is booming, but teachers in the classroom are stressed.

The way the education industry is heading provides any skilled person, in any industry to become an educator. We now have the opportunity of delivering education to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Risks and Challenges
Starting your own school or training course can be hard work, and difficult to get off the ground. You may need assistance with administration, business, and marketing support.

How to become an Educator
There are many different routes to become an educator. If you intend to become a traditional teacher you will need a University degree in education. You may come to teaching through specializing in another industry and becoming an educator either within your workplace, within a training organisation, or within your own training business.

No matter what kind of educator you intend to become, you will need to start with your own education (whether that is through formal, or hands on training) in an industry, followed by training in education. You can learn education delivery skills through university or vocational training.

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