Are you a teacher looking to make a career change? It can be a bit daunting to think about leaving the classroom, but with the right approach and mindset, you can successfully transition into a new field.
Here are some tips to help you on your journey:
Get to know yourself
Before you launch into job searching I highly recommend that you do some self-discovery first. Taking the time to get to know yourself is super important when you're thinking about changing careers. It's all about understanding your own strengths, values, and interests.
Once you have a good idea of what you want and what you're good at, it's so much easier to find the right career path for you. It also makes it easier to talk about your skills and qualifications during job interviews and when you're putting together your resume. By aligning your values and interests with your career, you can find a job that not only pays the bills but also gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment! Self-discovery can be a challenging process, but it is worth taking the time to reflect on your strengths, values, and interests to find a career that truly aligns with who you are and what you want. Researching Different Industries and Job Titles
When considering a career change, it's important to take the time to explore different industries and job titles to figure out what career paths align with your skills and interests. Utilize online resources like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Indeed to get a better understanding of what's out there. For example, if you're a teacher who enjoys working with children but also has a passion for photography, you may want to explore career options in education or photography that align with both of those interests. Networking and Building Connections
Network, network, network: Reach out to people who are already working in the industry you're interested in. Ask them about their job and their experience. This will give you valuable insights and can help you make connections that could lead to job opportunities. If you know someone who works in an industry you're interested in that field, you can ask them about the day-to-day aspects of their job, the skills they use, and the path they took to get there. Additional Education and Qualifications
Depending on the field you're interested in, you may need to obtain certain certifications or degrees to qualify for certain roles. Make sure to do your research and figure out what qualifications are required for the roles you're interested in. If you know you don’t want to go back to University then this may rule out some options. Showcasing Your Skills and Experience
As a teacher, you have a unique set of skills and experiences that can be valuable in other fields. Make sure to highlight these transferable skills and experiences in your resume and cover letter to demonstrate how you're a good fit for the roles you're applying for. For example, if you're a teacher who has experience in curriculum development and classroom management, these are transferable skills that can be highlighted in a resume for a career in education consulting or instructional design.
Gaining Experience and Building Skills
Consider volunteering or interning in your desired field. This can be a great way to build your skills and demonstrate your commitment to a particular field. For example, if you're interested in transitioning to a career in marketing, you can volunteer to help a local non-profit with their marketing efforts to gain experience in that field.
Utilizing Job Resources and Opportunities
Job boards, career sites, and job fairs are great resources to find job openings and apply for positions. They can give you a sense of what's out there, and help you identify which positions might be a good fit for you. LinkedIn is another great resource that you can use for both networking and career research. Make sure to take advantage of these resources to increase your chances of finding the right opportunity.
Consider self-employment or freelance work If you're an expert in a particular subject or skill, consider starting your own business or becoming a freelance consultant. This can be a great way to leverage your expertise and experience to create your own opportunities. it might not be an easy path, but it can be very rewarding.
Join professional organizations: Joining a professional organization or association can be a great way to stay informed about industry trends and connect with other professionals in your field. It's a good way to expand your network and gain insight into different career paths. Plus, it's always great to have a community of people who understand and support your goals. Keep an open mind: Remember that transitioning into a new field may take time and it may not happen overnight. Keep pushing forward, don't get discouraged, and stay focused on your goals.
Making a career change can be a bit overwhelming, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding the right opportunity and making a successful transition into a new field. Remember to be open-minded and persistent, and most importantly, enjoy the process!
Get some support Need some help with this? At the time of writing this (January 2023) I have available an introductory online course – Getting Started with Career Change for Teachers which will help you understand your interests, values, strengths and transferable skills. Get all the details here. or if you need help with Resumes you'll find all your questions answerredin Resumes and Cover Letters for Teachers
Coming very soon is my signature course Career Change for Teachers. It 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, just send me an email here to put yourself on the waitlist. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.