𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗲 𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗚𝘂𝗶𝗱𝗲
Changing careers can be both beneficial and enjoyable when you’re able to find the right fit, but for many people, the process can be stressful. For teachers, thinking about leaving the classroom can also be emotional, but it may lead to something else that’s fulfilling both professionally and personally. Figuring out which path you want to take, boosting your skills to make your resume stand out, and preparing for interviews are just a few things you’ll need to do in order to make a big change, and they can all be pretty daunting.
The good news is, with a little planning you can make the process much smoother for yourself. There are several resources available these days for anyone looking to make a career change, including online tools for starting a business, and specialized services from companies like MJW Careers that will boost your resume and prep for interviews.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re ready to make a change:
Consider your skills
Teachers are some of the most highly-skilled individuals in the country, so it’s no surprise that when you’re ready to look for a new job, you’ll have many options to choose from. The key is to think about which ones you’d like to focus on with your new path and how to highlight them on your resume. These might include communication, leadership, problem-solving, time management, and organizational skills, all of which are transferable to just about any other career. Think about where your passions lie, as well, so you can find a job that you truly enjoy doing; common choices for former teachers include consulting, writing, and working for a museum.
Go into business for yourself
Have a great idea for a business? Don’t let the thought of becoming an entrepreneur scare you away. While there is a lot to plan for and consider when starting a business of your own, it can also be extremely fulfilling, and you might find that you’re able to make a success of it fairly quickly. The key is to use the right tools to aid you along the way; for marketing, it’s important to utilize social media ads and traditional methods to spread the word about your business. Where your finances are concerned, the right invoicing software will help you get paid quickly so you never have to worry about tracking payments down. Look for a smallbiz invoicing app that allows you to create custom forms and add billable hours.
Learn all you can
As a teacher, you already have a wide knowledge base, but it’s a good idea to brush up on any areas that you’re not as familiar with in relation to the field you’re interested in. You might take online courses to become certified, or just do some research on the companies you’re thinking of applying to. Not only is this beneficial for starting a business of your own, it can also make a big difference during the interview process, both in terms of giving you confidence and showing your potential employer that you’re serious about the job.
Network, network, network
Whether you’re starting a business of your own or want to make connections in a new field, it’s essential to network and get your name out there. You can use social media platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn, head to conventions and conferences, or get out into your community and meet business owners and prominent leaders in their respective fields. The more connections you can make, the easier it will be for you to break into your new chosen career.
Finding support is crucial when you’re making a big life change, whether it’s from new connections or friends and family members. Remember to practice self-care and take your time as you start preparing for your new career in order to reduce stress.
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