The Mapleleaf Vision blog is full of helpful articles about finding your dream job, perfecting your CV and brushing up on interview skills. It even covers each of the four stages of transition from leaving a career in education to find a new career path.
As a former headteacher who has successfully changed careers (not for the first time) and designed a life that I wanted to lead, I understand the journey and the steps it takes to succeed. With plenty of supportive guidance, I now empower others to discover the unlimited possibilities to #LiveDaringDreams
Two of the biggest challenges that are commonly associated with trying to change careers from teaching are identifying your transferable skills and knowing how these can offer alternative career options. So without further ado, let’s take a look.
If you are not already familiar with the “teacher skills translated” wheel, then it is a good place to start. Initially you may only consider the obvious things that you do on a daily basis – teaching, planning, marking and assessment – but as you start to mind map the skills that you possess, you will soon fill pages. The key here is not to take a limited view. Teachers have amazing transferable skills, highly desirable in other career sectors.
Here are a few to get you started:
The list could go on and on… I am sure you can come up with plenty more things that you do as a teacher that go above and beyond teaching, planning, marking and assessment.
As your list of transferable skills grows, so will your understanding that the strengths you possess are indeed marketable.
The short answer is teachers are able to go into a vast array of different roles. In almost every profession you will find a former teacher. The choice is down to you! There are some obvious options – but this is certainly not an exhaustive list by a long shot – these are just initial suggestions to prompt your imagination to get you started.
This is just a small sample of new roles open to teachers looking to change careers; the world is your oyster.
The top tip is to find something you are going to enjoy doing – and then make it happen. If you still have no idea what will make you happy and you really want to ensure your new career is the perfect fit, then why not find out more about how career coaching can help you find a dream job beyond the teaching career crossroads.
Let’s walk this path together and discover your unlimited potential.
Other related posts in the series
Distractions are everywhere (I worked with a lunatic). [17.09.22]
2,001,000 pieces of work to mark in a career lifetime for an average primary teacher. [20.09.22]
How long do you wait until you run out of mental or emotional fuel? [23.09.22]
How to create an exit strategy to leave the classroom behind. [29.09.22]
How to map your next course of action to leave your teaching career behind. [09.10.22]
Discovering and finding your new career path beyond the classroom. [17.10.22]
Transitioning into a new life beyond the classroom. [23.10.22]
How to mentally transition into a new career beyond the classroom. [30.10.22]