How to change careers from teaching

As a career changer after almost 2 decades in education, including as a headteacher, I know first-hand how to find another path that leads to career happiness. I have experienced the doubts, the fear, the “am I losing my mind” moments and the hurdles of embarking on a whole new world of job seeking. I have been there. I have done it. I know what it is like.

The Mapleleaf Vision blog has lots of free advice and articles to support teachers and school leaders to either grow and climb the education career ladder or find an entirely new career path. The blog links below focus on career change for teachers, opportunities, and alternative jobs for teachers.  It is designed to help you take clear steps to exit the classroom and provide insights both from personal experience and professional expertise.

Great career changes for teachers and school leaders who want help and clarity so they are never stuck in the wrong job again.

As an accredited leadership, life and career coach, I help people like you who are lost or stuck at a career crossroads find your right path, equip you will all the tools you need for success and guide you to discover a new job so you can live a life you’ll love. 100% of Mapleleaf Vision clients who have completed the bespoke ‘Beyond the Crossroads” programme have had success – this is what one former teacher had to say about the experience of Mapleleaf Vision career coaching:

1. What made you sign up for coaching?

I knew that, after almost twenty years, my time in my current career had come to an end but I didn’t know where to go from there or how to go about it. I didn’t have a clue where I wanted to be never mind how to get there.

2. What specific results did you achieve during your coaching journey?

I have clearly identified what my drivers are and what the non-negotiables are when looking for employment. I have realised lots of things that perhaps should have been obvious to me but weren’t.

3. What are you most proud of achieving during our time together?

Clarity, positivity and hope. I know what I want to do now and have a clear plan as to how I am going to achieve this. I also know what I absolutely don’t want to do which is equally as important. I am feeling positive about the future and excited about the thought of starting out on a new career path.

4. What surprised you the most?

It was great to have a completely objective commentator on my situation and I was surprised at how perceptive and insightful many of the observations were. I was surprised as to how many things were pointed out to me that seemed blindingly obvious once talked about but that I had never really considered.

5. What would you say to someone thinking of working with me?

Do it! Will is extremely kind and friendly with a great understanding of the position you are in. He is warm and caring whilst being professional and driven to setting you free and onto the correct path. He has created a great programme and clearly does his research in between sessions. He listens to what you say (and takes notes!). He is extremely positive and supportive (it feels like having your own mini cheerleader) but also someone who is challenging you and asking the right questions to make you really think and evaluate, he is not just saying the things he thinks you want or need to hear. I have really valued and enjoyed my sessions with Will and would highly recommend joining forces with him!

Helen A – former teacher and Mapleleaf Vision “Beyond the Crossroads” client.

How to find out how career coaching can help you.

If you want to know for certain the right career path for you so that you are never again lost or stuck in a job that doesn’t fit your life…

If you want to have a guide to support you step-by-step through a 4 stage proven process so you can find a new career that you’ll love…

If you want a career coach who understands exactly what you are going through and is committed to helping you rediscover your amazing skills and rebuild your confidence…

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I first worked with Will whilst I was a junior member of a teaching team. I worked closely with him for around three years and he became a true mentor to me. During this time Will helped encourage me to discover my own leadership style and he mapped out what it takes to be successful. I highly recommend Will for life and career coaching.

Will is a professional, natural leader who manages to make you feel at ease. He manages to be both emphatic and encouraging, whilst also managing to challenge you to find your own answers. Will’s approach is totally non-judgmental and the sessions are really focused on you and on what you want to achieve. Working with Will has allowed me to address challenges I was facing and he brought a wealth of resources and practical tools to help me set goals, clarify my values, and explore avenues right away. Even though I left teaching 5 years ago, I still seek out Will for his help and guidance and I appreciate his versatility as a thought partner, ally, and coach. Our sessions are always productive and efficiently run, which is perfect for someone who is juggling many priorities! Will brings great communication, professionalism and quality to his work and I highly recommend him as a life/business coach.
- Jamie T (Leadership Coaching)

Highly recommended

I am so glad I found Mapleleaf Vision! Will has been super supportive and understood exactly what I needed to help me to redirect my focus. I now have fresh enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
- Greg M (Life Coaching)


Will at Mapleleaf vision fitted me in for a last minute decision-making session that I needed to make ASAP re. a job offer / career change. He was friendly, professional, and really knew his stuff! He unpicked things that I could never have done on my own. I’m so grateful to him & will be highly recommending him to everyone! Where there is a ‘Will’, there’s a way! Thank you, Will. You truly have a gift.
- Cat K (Career Coaching)