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    Job Profiles of Adult Educators

    Here you can find four different job profiles that are common in adult education. Those are being explained in regards to the tasks and responsibilities of the employees, their qualifications and skills as well as possible employers.

    Coordination of Education and Training Services

    As coordinator of educational and training services, you will be in charge of designing, planning, developing and assessing of education and training programs. You’ll be handling team work among other professionals working in education and training programs as well as coordinating their work. Jobs may be advertised under different titles such as: program /project manager; Adult Education Manager; education and training manager

    As a coordinator of educational services you will need to:

    • Perform needs analysis and talent development diagnosis
    • Design educational and training programs based on the organisation and/adult learner needs
    • Plan education and training programs according to needs analyses and aims of programs established
    • Monitor education and training programs development
    • Evaluate education and training programs
    • Assess adults learning
    • Devise individual adult learners education and training plans
    • Produce education and training materials
    • Prepare education and training programs budgets and keep within budget

    This area of work is open a wide range of graduates but the following subjects are particularly relevant:

    • Educational sciences
    • Adult education
    • Pedagogy/Andragogy

    You need to have:

    • Creative and critical thinking
    • Ability to adapt to a wide variety of circumstances
    • Teamwork
    • Team management and coordination
    • Project organisation, planning,  and implementation
    • Communication skills
    • Leadership
    • Negotiating skills
    • Learning to learn

    There are opportunities for coordinators  of education and training services in private and public employment sectors. These include:

    • Private firms
    • Central and local government
    • NGO
    • Education and training institutions
    • Health services

    Educator and Trainer

    As an educator/trainer you will be in charge of planning delivering and sessions of education and training programs. In addition to your education and training skills you’ll need to be an expert in one of two areas: technical/professional skills and general skills. As an educator/trainer you must  keep up to date with developments in your subject area, new resources and pedagogical methods.

    As an educator/trainer you need to:

    • Prepare and deliver lessons
    • Give feedback of adult learners' progress and development
    • Research new topic areas, maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge and prepare new materials
    • Select and use  different learning resources and equipment
    • Support adult learners on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties
    • Assess adult learners knowledge and skills
    • Select and implement formal and non-formal activities
    • Maintain records of adult learners’ development

    This area of work is open a wide range of graduates but the following subjects are particularly relevant:

    • Educational sciences
    • Adult education
    • Pedagogy/Andragogy
    • Teacher Education

    • Communication skills 
    • Listening skills
    • Learning to learn
    • The ability to inspire and motivate adult learners
    • Understand the needs and feelings of adult learners
    • Teamwork
    • Work independently
    • Creativity
    • Interpersonal and facilitation skills

    There are opportunities for educators/trainers in education and training services in private and public employment sectors. These include:

    • Private firms
    • Central and local government
    • NGO
    • Formal and non-formal education and training institutions
    • Health services

    Instructional Designer

    As an instructional designer, you’ll be in charge of the production of learning and assessment materials to be used online. Designers do not have direct contact with learners. They design develop and assess courses and curriculum by creating education and training materials and adult learners’ guides.

    As an instructional designer you need to:

    • Create learning activities and course content to be used online
    • Work with subject matters experts and identify adult learners education and training needs
    • State goals and related content
    • Provide exercises and activities that enhance the learning process
    • Create supporting material/media (audio, video, simulations, role plays, games, etc.)
    • Develop learning assessment instruments
    • Create adult learners’ guides and education and training manuals

    This area of work is open a wide range of graduates but the following subjects are particularly relevant:

    • Educational sciences
    • Adult education
    • Pedagogy/Andragogy
    • Instructional design
    • IT and education

    As an instructional designer you need to have:

    • Written communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Knowledge of course development software and learning management systems
    • Lean to learn
    • Creativity
    • Visualising skills
    • Ability to storyboard
    • Ability to write instructional texts, audio and video scripts

    There are opportunities for instructional designers in education and training services in private and public employment sectors. These include:

    • Private firms
    • Central and local government
    • Education and training institutions
    • IT organisations

    Career Manager/Counselor

    As a career manager, you'll provide information, advice and guidance to help adults make education and training choices. You also help people exploring learning from experience. The help and advice you give will include identifying options for suitable careers, advising on how to write a good CV and covering letter, assisting with the application process and helping to locate relevant education and training courses.

    As career manager/counsellor, you need to:

    • Interview people one-to-one or in small groups to discuss career or education and training options
    • Plan career development and support organisations to meet people's needs
    • Advise people on how to source relevant education and training courses or qualifications and what funding might be available
    • Provide advice on CV, applications, job hunting and interview techniques
    • Run small group sessions or larger presentations on all aspects of careers work and topics related to personal development
    • Help people to understand the current job market and education and training offers more adequate
    • Negotiate with other organisations on behalf of people
    • Keep up to date with labour market information, legislation, and professional and academic developments

    This area of work is open a wide range of graduates but the following subjects are particularly relevant:

    • Educational sciences
    • Adult education
    • Human resources management
    • Psychology
    • Sociolology

    As a career manager/counsellor, you need to have:

    • Communication, observation and listening skills
    • Ability to motivate and establish trustful relationship with adult learners
    • An empathetic, non-judgmental and ethical approach
    • Teamwork
    • Work independently
    • Organisational skills
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Research skills

    There are opportunities for career managers/counsellors in education and training services in private and public employment sectors. These include:

    • Private firms
    • Central and local government
    • Education and training institutions