Are you thinking about getting out of the teaching profession, in search of a change? Not sure what alternative jobs for teachers are out there that you can apply for, where to start looking for jobs, or even what you want to do?
Perhaps it’s the same old daily routine that’s making you pine after a new job, or the multiple pressures of the school environment that’s making you want to leave. It sometimes feels easier to cling to our jobs when the future is uncertain, or we feel we might end up regretting our choice. Perhaps you feel like you are past the age of retraining, or simply cannot afford to.
But remember that you are not alone in this fear – there are always many reasons to stay in your current job, and many factors to consider when thinking about a career change.
Leaving a career path can be an incredibly daunting move, and it is not a decision to take lightly – particularly for teachers. There are many wonderful perks to being a teacher, with a six-week summer holiday at the top of the list!
It is true, though, that teaching jobs are tremendously demanding. It is easy to feel unsupported and overwhelmed with workloads. You might just feel that you are better suited to a different kind of work, that teaching is not allowing you to fulfill your needs or talents.
It’s clear that teachers all over the country are constantly exploring the options of a career change, but often don’t know what vacancies are available to ex-teachers and what might be suited to their particular qualifications.
If you are considering leaving your teaching job for a new career track, there are many questions you might be asking yourself. For example, you might be wondering:
What other careers are available for teachers?
How can I retrain for new jobs?
What different roles are available between the public and the private sector?
We’ve put together an easy guide to help and advise you through this change, showing you what options you have for life after teaching and how best to approach this transition.
Explore the options available when leaving your teaching job. Source: Visualhunt
To get the ball rolling, it’s a good idea to really take a look at yourself in terms of character and of employability. Think about what you really want to do, what excites you. Consider your qualifications – where do your skills lie? Would you need to find a training course relevant to the area you wish to work in?
You could carry out a skills assessment with websites such as CareerOneStop or Prospects, or speak to a local careers counsellor, to really explore the different paths from where you’re currently standing. Speak with friends, family and colleagues to get an idea of what different careers require and offer.
When you’ve got an idea of what skills you have, you can look up jobs that best suit your professional profile with sites such as O*NET.
You can also keep an eye on the job market in general and look for patterns or anything promising that you feel your skill set might work with – you might be surprised by the array of options out there that are available to you.
Think about the logistics of different careers too: what possible training might you need? What salary and living conditions will this offer you? Is there scope for career development? What kind of daily activity will it entail?
Make sure you have done all the right research, as it might bring you a whole new perspective. If you are a secondary school teacher, you might end up realizing that actually college or sixth-form level teaching would suit you better. If you are working in a state school and finding it a tough environment, you might find that you could be happier in private education.
Above all with this potential change, you need to be in tune with yourself. If your gut feeling is that you are unhappy in teaching, then it’s worth taking the leap. Listen to your emotions and follow your interests, and you’ll end up on the right track for you. So what next?