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Mindset for Teachers Changing Careers

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I have been prompted to write this as a result of conversations I've had and observed with teachers who are determined to leave teaching but are struggling with the mindset shift that is required to make career change happen.

Sometimes even with the best intentions our mindset gets in the way as we consider leaving the classroom and embarking on a new career path.

As a career change coach for teachers, I understand the mix of emotions and challenges that come with this transition. From grappling with feelings of guilt to battling imposter syndrome, there’s a lot to unpack.

Let's explore the challenges and consider some solutions.


Reducing teacher guilt: Your needs are important too

One of the biggest hurdles for teachers contemplating a career change is the sense of duty and loyalty to their students. It’s natural to feel guilty about leaving behind a profession that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. The pressure from others, whether it’s well-meaning colleagues or even your students themselves, can add to this internal struggle. But remember, it’s okay to prioritize your own happiness and fulfillment. Your well-being matters just as much as your students' success. It’s time to give yourself permission to walk away from something that no longer serves you. Just because you are good teacher (and everyone likes you) it doesn’t mean you can’t be good at anything else

Combatting Imposter Syndrome: Believe in Yourself

Imposter syndrome can rear its head when you start envisioning yourself in a new role outside of teaching. Doubts creep in, questioning whether you have what it takes to succeed beyond the classroom. But let me remind you: you are more than capable. Channel your years of teaching experience and expertise into confidence. Showcase your skills on your resume and during interviews with pride. Understand that rejection is merely a detour on the road to success. It only takes one "yes" to land that dream job, so don’t let setbacks deter you. Keep pushing forward with unwavering belief in yourself.

Picking a New Path: Finding Your Direction

Choosing a new career path can feel daunting, especially when you’re haunted by the fear of making the wrong choice all over again. Start by reflecting on what aspects of teaching brought you joy and fulfillment, as well as those that didn’t quite resonate with you. Use this insight as a compass to steer you toward a new direction that aligns with your passions and strengths. And remember, it’s okay to explore different opportunities, even if they seem unrelated to your previous career. Sometimes, the most unexpected paths lead to the greatest discoveries.

Get Clear on Your Values: Find fulfillment

 Take the time to get clear on your values and priorities. What truly matters to you beyond the confines of the classroom? Whether it’s work-life balance, personal growth, or making a positive impact in your community, aligning your career with your values is essential for long-term fulfillment. Think outside the box and consider unconventional career paths that resonate with your values.


Staying Motivated: Embracing Resilience

Transitioning to a new career requires resilience and a willingness to embrace failure along the way. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or uncertain at times, but don’t let that stop you from taking action. Embrace imperfection and be willing to learn from your mistakes. Remember, every setback is a lesson in disguise, guiding you closer to your goals. And don’t be afraid to seek support from mentors, peers, or career coaches like myself. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Just as you encouraged your students to seek assistance when needed, now it’s your turn to practice what you preached.

Networking and Exploring Opportunities

Networking is key to navigating a successful career change. Reach out to former colleagues, attend industry events, and leverage online platforms such as LinkedIn, to expand your professional circle. Keep an open mind and be willing to explore opportunities outside of your comfort zone. Remember, there are no absolutes when it comes to career paths. Stay flexible and adaptable as you navigate this journey of self-discovery.

Thinking Beyond the Classroom

As you embark on this transformative journey, remember that you’re not alone. I’m here to support and guide you every step of the way. Together, we’ll navigate the challenges, celebrate the victories, and ultimately, help you find a career path that lights up your soul.


Here are some ways you can work with me:

If you’d like personal support book a complimentary 15-minute chat here to find out more about how I can help you.

 If you prefer to do this on your own I have available 2 online courses written specifically for teachers who want to change careers.


Getting Started with Career Change for Teachers is an introductory online course which will help you understand your  interests,  values, strengths and transferable skills. Find out more here.

Career Change for Teachers is a more in-depth course that guides you through a 6-step job search process that delves into your mindset, your beliefs, values, strengths, transferable skills, interests, passions and purpose. It then guides you to identify the careers that are the best fit for you and create a career pathway to get your ideal job. If this sounds like what you are looking for, you can find more details and enrol here


Whichever way you choose, here’s to embracing change, chasing your dreams, and embracing the endless possibilities that lie ahead. You’ve got this!




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