Transitioning from teaching into a new career

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Teaching is a rewarding and highly engaging career in many ways. As a classroom teacher you have undoubtedly been flexed and stretched both intellectually and quite often emotionally. That being said, it can sometimes be a pressurised and difficult profession which is not always conducive to a work-life balance.

Teachers decide to begin a new career for a number of reasons, and with 4/10 newly qualified teachers leaving within a year of practising, it has never been more important to have valuable advice on career change for teachers available at the fingertips of those moving on.

Switching career can be a daunting prospect for anyone, but take assurance in the fact that as a teacher, you have accumulated a plethora of desirable and highly transferable skills that will appeal to employers across a range of sectors. Here are but a few:

– Communication, liaison and teamwork skills
– Working to tight deadlines under pressure
– Subject specialism
– Researching and writing copy
– Reading presentations and meetings
– Understanding different behavioral and emotional needs
– Diffusing difficult situations and conflict management

Exploring alternative avenues in education

It can be easy to overlook the fact that education involves so much more than teaching at the front of a classroom. Have you considered the other options available to you before deciding to leave the education sphere for good? Find out more about the following roles that might be of interest to you:

– Alternative education settings such as higher ed, independent, SEN or PRU institutions
– Education policy or research (government and private sector)
– TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language at home or abroad)
– Private tuition or small group intervention
– Education recruitment or publishing

Following a different path altogether

So, you have thought it over and exhausted the options within the education sector. Where can you look next? Why not consider the options open to you as a subject specialist? For instance, if you are an English teacher, why not use those skills in a copywriting, media, or PR role? If your expertise is maths, perhaps you could retrain or develop a career in finance or accounting.

Essentially, as a teacher you are proficient at delivering 3-6 presentations a day to an audience that can sometimes be easily disengaged, stubborn or challenging in lots of ways. You can use this practice to your advantage in any corporate environment, delivering presentations or sales pitches in a leading role.

Ultimately, no matter what you decide, rest assured that as a teacher you possess a range of highly desirable skills that can translate into a multitude of jobs. With this in mind, do ensure that you ‘blow your own trumpet’: be proud of what you have learned and practiced and let it shine through on your resume.

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