“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele

The business world is a diverse and interesting world with different personalities and experiences ranging from local, national or international experiences that make the industry powerful and exciting. Different people of all personalities interacting daily, sharing  objectives and common goals,  to achieve personal and company wide successes

More and more businesses are having to compete in a global competitive environment and increasingly individuals and companies find they are in need of extra knowledge or new skills sets in order to effectively do their jobs, make their businesses more competitive, efficient and better prepared to advance in the future. As a result of this,  professionals tutoring  jobs  for  businesses are in need to help organisations succeed.

The world of work, is a rich highly motivated environment in which to learn and develop skills and knowledge, private tutors with varied experiences and specialties are always in need to assist individuals and companies to succeed in the highly competitive world of business . Here’s our advice for teaching private tutorials to adults  in a business setting and the pros and cons of tutoring adults in the workplace.

Reasons For Teaching Private Lessons for Businesses

Why teach private tutorials in a business?  There are many compelling reasons to become a private tutor for adults  and teaching private tutorials for companies.    Working with motivated adults in the workplace is preferred by some tutors who may find it more dynamic, challenging and rewarding to work with adults in a professional setting and context.

Why should you teach private tutorials in businesses?
A tutor must have greater knowledge of their subject or expertise than the professionals. (Source: Free-Photos)

At times a tutor must also deal with a wide array of differing personalities when tutoring for a business, they must also be able to guide the group lessons and discussion to optimise learning,   For the company, it can be doubly advantageous to hire a tutor in to train their workforce.  A tutor can not only greatly improve individual employee skills but,  can also get them to work together more cohesively as a team, learn new skills, like time management or communication,  or just about any topic required,  Tutoring doesn’t necessarily need to be about academic subjects like Spanish or Physics,  but based on other topics relevant to the particular business needs.

In some cases, the classes can focus on a very specific topic related to their line of work.

Some of the best reasons to teach private tutorials in a business:

  • Monitor individual student or staff progress
  • Team building and communication
  • Common goals and professionalism within a business
  • Encouraging motivated adult learners
  • A higher more comprehensive complex level of teaching
  • Higher skilled students are more challenging
  • Working in the heart of a business environment
  • Etc.

Therefore, there are plenty of reasons to teach private tutorials in businesses and it can be rewarding and challenging for the tutor. Teaching private tutorials in businesses is vastly different to teaching exam prep or review lessons to school children, and some tutors prefer this while working in a professional environment.

Teaching in businesses is a different way of teaching private tutorials and greatly differs from tutoring or working with young  children or helping a teenager studying at home for their High School Diploma/GED or  IB Diploma , or helping a university students to improve their French. There are many ways to tutor!

The Differences in Teaching Private Tutorials in a Business

Teaching private tutorials in a business is nothing like teaching school students in their homes.  In fact, the tutor needs to be impeccably trained, professionally presentable and of course have a good sound knowledge and specialisation in their field in order to successfully tutor businesses.

Which are the most popular types of workplace tutorials?
There are plenty of different classes that could benefit employees. (Source: mohamed_hassan)

One of the main differences when it comes to tutoring in a businesses, is that your students are already well-versed in their field.  If you're teaching language classes to a group of bankers already familiar with business banking terms and holding meetings overseas, then they already possess a certain aptitude. This means that your students are used to describing complex terms and concepts associated with their industry.

When teaching an academic support class, be it French, Physics, or Mathematics, it involves a working relationship between the student and the tutor. When you work in a business, you’ll need to take into account the age of your students when considering your teaching methodology.  Teaching all ages requires building a relationship of open communication and trust in order to optimise the learning process for your students.

The act of teaching benefits both parties with the tutor earning good money and the students gaining knowledge or skills. The business workforce could benefit in ways that they wouldn’t otherwise from a typical academic support class or tutoring provided by agencies. However, despite all these advantages, there are also a number of disadvantages one must consider when tutoring for a business.

Limits to Offering Tutoring Services in a Corporate Environment

Working as a freelancer or as a dedicated tutor within in a business and providing the workforce or employees with knowledge or skills, isn’t always fun and games. In fact, tutoring employment within a business can also sometimes prove difficult for a variety of reasons:

  • Unlike providing academic support tutorials from a young student at home, or teaching someone to play the guitar, for a business you will need to be meticulous in your planning and an absolute expert of your subject.
  • Having previous experience in tutoring, which you can build upon, is usually still a minimum requirement.
  • Employees can be overly confident and sure of their own knowledge and abilities already , so they may not be open to an outsider coming in to 'teach' them something new.
  • Employees may also feel resentful of an outside tutor coming in who’s "telling" them that they can improve.
  • And a number of other disadvantages that can arise given unforeseeable variables at play in the business world.
What makes workplace tutorials different?
The business environment can be stressful, but workplace tutorials can be helpful. (Source: StartupStockPhotos)

In fact, teaching adults at their workplace may not always be a simple task.  Every kind of student can potentially lose respect for their tutor depending on the workplace environment and many other unforeseen factors. You will need to carefully consider the limitations and challenges of teaching this way.

Tutoring is an admirable profession but you will need to be adept at managing conflict and contention within the workplace. It is important and crucial to be able to teach the staff without getting involved in the office politics.

Also it is important to remember that tutorials at businesses are often training for the staff. Some staff members may not appreciate having to attend training courses and tutorials that they probably don't necessarily feel they require or they may also resent having to be dragged away from their work in order to learn how to effectively do a job they feel they’re already feel very good at. 

However, it is important to remember that teaching private tutorials to students at their place of work is also a great way to share your knowledge and expertise, to a team that’s already proficient at what they do. So it is imperative that you consider how you approach business tutoring and what methodology you use to make it amenable to the adult learner.

Learning from a private tutor in a business can be a very useful thing for the business and it's employees,  helping to empower them in their daily lives. However, like all things that need to be considered,  it has its pros and cons.

What are the disadvantages of teaching workplace tutorials?
A professional attire and attitude is critical when teaching or tutoring businesses.  (Source: Free-Photos)

If you're interested in providing tutoring services, then you should consider making a profile on Superprof. Whether you're offering one on one tutoring, academic tutoring, online tutoring, you can create a profile detailing what you teach and where you teach it so that when potential students want to find a tutor, they'll find you.

You can offer tutorials in any subject from traditional scientific subjects like mathematics (including calculus, algebra, geometry, etc.), chemistry, physics, and biology, humanities like English, history, and things like learning how to play musical instruments, fitness instructors, artistic subjects, study skills.

Of course, if you're going to work in businesses teaching adults, they will probably not be looking for a Chemistry or English tutor,  but rather someone specialising in economics, organisational theory,  team building and communications, or maybe even foreign language skills like French tutoring. With the global economy as competitive as ever, any subject or set of skills may be needed.

With a bit of preparation and organisation,  professional development and confidence, an experienced qualified home tutor can start looking for tutor jobs at businesses or tutoring companies. Perhaps become an online tutor over webcam, or provide private tuition to undergraduate and postgraduate students before their exams from the comfort of your own classroom or in a library.   The choice is yours!

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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.