If your career is not working out, when do you say enough is enough?

When it all gets too much…

Working with children is rewarding – and for many, this is enough. But what happens when a career in education all gets too much and instead of loving the career you invested in, you find it is breaking you.

When do you say enough is enough?

Teachers and school leaders have amazing transferable skills. Fact.

But let’s face it, when you are institutionalised into an education system and it is the only career you know, leaving it behind can feel like an impossible dream.

If this resonates then you are in the right place. This post is specifically aimed at those feeling trapped in education and looking for a way out.

You may not realise it yet, but you have already achieved one of the hardest steps. You have made the decision that you want out. It is no small feat. You will have spent months, even years, trying to “make it work”, battling with the guilt (and the shame) over the idea of walking away from the classroom, the children, your colleagues, your career. It is certainly not something you reached a decision on lightly.

In doing so, you have already recognised that you can no longer carry on like this in your life. You will have faced overwhelming stress, impact on your mental health and possibly even physical well-being that has left you broken.

How is it that we have to reach the bottom before we know enough is enough?

But now what?

Your head will be full of questions about what the future may look like if you actually carry through your decision.

What possible job / career will you go into?

How do you go about it? Where do you even begin?

Will anyone want someone who has only even been in education?

What about income? Will it be a pay-cut? Can you even afford to leave?

Shouldn’t you just stick at it – or maybe try another school – can you really consider staying?

What will people think? A failure who couldn’t do it? What will you say to people as the reason why you are wanting to leave? Will anyone even want to employ you now?

Here is the light at the start of the tunnel… for all the questions you have in your head, the answers are positive.

You can find a new career path.

You have amazing desirable skills much sought after in many sectors.

You will uncover ways to earn enough income to pay the bills.

You have control over your life and the decisions you make.

The people who matter will support you.

If you want to learn more about leaving education and the four stages of transition to finding a new career path, please follow the Mapleleaf Vision blog full of helpful advice, practical tips, and plenty of supportive guidance from someone who has walked the same path that you are on now.

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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)

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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.
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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.
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