Although the economy is faltering presently, being in the field of Education has always been less than fruitful. Since becoming a teacher in 1994, I have always found the need to have a 'second career'. In the absence of one, I took several part time jobs ranging from front desk clerk to waiter. One cannot imagine how thoroughly draining it is to spend the day attempting to inspire and educate thirty kids, all coming from varying backgrounds and experiences and then going to a part time job afterwards.
I happened to be good with the computer. Mac and PC. In fact, I happen to be good with technology in general. The things most people don't have patience for are things I know how to do, and can get paid for doing it.
Some time ago, I sold a PC to the mother of a neighbor. Along with the computer, I threw in free lessons as needed. I figured I'm a teacher, I can teach technology. After a few successful lessons, and a bit of practice, this 'student' of mature age began telling all her friends. You see, many elderly folk have very busy schedules. These schedules include games where there are more elderly folk who talk. The next thing I knew I had 5 or 6 students.
Ten years later, I'm still helping seniors navigate this ever evolving age of technology. Sadly, I'm not currently assigned to a school. I was laid off at the end of last school year. Thanks to my 'Brilliant Second Career', I can still generate an income.