Teacher career change – why your new path is possible to achieve.

Changing careers from teaching might feel like an impossible dream. You tell yourself that no employer outside of education is going to hire you. You convince yourself that you have no skills beyond teaching. You feel the panic rise in your chest when you even try to imagine what it must be like walking into the “real” business world.

And then there is the guilt.

How can you walk out of a career given all you have invested?

How can you leave those poor children behind and abandon them like this?

It is any wonder that career changes for teachers is so hard to fathom. There are all those conflicting messages going on right now in your head; even before you get to the practicalities of WHAT can you do instead?

These thoughts are the number 1 cause of your paralysis: fear of the unknown; fear of change and choice overwhelm. If you are wondering why you cannot just career change from teaching – this is the reason!

Mapleleaf Vision was founded to help unfulfilled people who feel lost or stuck at a crossroads find their right path, so they have the courage to live a life they’ll love. 

“Imagine a world in which people are never afraid to chase their dreams!”

It is never too late to start that journey. So, here are some true insights to help get your journey started.

Career change insights for a teacher

  1. A career is not a prison sentence. No matter what you have already invested, you have every right to change careers if the current path is no longer the right one.
  2. In every industry there are ex-teachers employed. If employers outside education are not hiring teachers, how can this be possible?
  3. In what other industry does an employee have so many different skills they have to master? You have loads of transferable skills: teachers get hired successfully. Identify teacher skills here.
  4. Yes, the application process is different, but you learnt how to apply to teaching roles, so what is stopping you learning to apply for non-teaching roles? Get CV writing services here.
  5. Children are adaptable and resilient – they constantly change teachers. You are replaceable both by the school, and by the children (harsh fact, that one!).
  6. The biggest counter-act of fear is action. Fear of the unknown and what is in your head is far worse than anything that ever happens in reality.

Everyone feels fear. The difference between someone who stays stuck in a role that no longer is a good fit and someone who find success on a new path is that this person took action despite their fear – they did it anyway.

Thinking of leaving teaching change curve.
Change curve for teachers leaving education.

A teacher change of career is out there if you want it. You just have to take action. If you don’t want to face doing that alone, check out career coaching right here.



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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)