Changing Careers

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  1. nmurray

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    I need to leave teaching. Has anyone switched careers from teaching? If so - what do you do now, and how did you switch? Did you go back to school? My biggest fear is that employers don't see teachers as hirable in other careers. I have an English credential.
    I have read a lot of articles online about becoming an editor, technical writer, curriculum designer or trainer... however I am not sure how realistic it is to switch into careers even if they are related to English (ie writing, etc) because many don't think teaching is a real job. I am 30 and I'm not against going back to school, but it pains me to even think about more student loans in addition to the ones I am paying from my teaching program.
    Anyway, what I am really looking for is for some advice from people who have actually been successful in a career change.
     
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  3. Secondary Teach

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    Perhaps, you just need a change of scenary! What were some of the problems you were experiencing at your old school? You may only need to teach at a new school with a new administration etc. and not need to make a total career change. Please update, and welcome to A to Z.
    :)
     
  4. Teachertimes

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    Have you thought about trying to get into curriculum writing or even becoming a resource teacher who helps other teachers?
     
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    If you currently teach (and have a paycheck), why not try freelance writing? Once you pad your resume with some non-teaching gigs, the HR departments might take you more seriously.

    I had a friend who tried to get into another career. She took some small working-for-peanuts side jobs and then got in her desired profession.

    It might not work, but couldn't hurt.
     
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    I like this. Dabble in other things while teaching. Meanwhile, maybe even look into finding a new district to teach in. It might make all the difference.
     
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    Good idea. I would highly recommend against quitting teaching without first trying out when you eventually want to do....dabble and job shadow. You would be starting from stratch. I've changed careers a number of times. The grass isn't always greener. Maybe look for a different district or school, but look into how it affects your pension. If you want a desk job (I am switching to teaching to avoid this) maybe look into getting into administration.
     
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    What are your reasons for leaving? Do you have previous work experience outside of education?

    Also, admin (especially assistant principal) is not...I repeat not...any sort of desk job.
     
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    I live in an area with a couple of textbook publishing companies, and they LOVE hiring former teachers. There is also corporate training and customer service, because teachers are natural at both. That being said, are you sure that changing careers is absolutely required, or just changing teaching positions?
     
  10. nmurray

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    Thank you so much for all of your replies. I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I've been doing some major searching. There is great advice here. I am going to try a different setting.
    That being said, I have an interview coming up in a different district (I am not under a contract right now so can leave at will), for a blended/independent study position. I'd have a caseload of students that I'd meet with face to face at a school. I am actually really excited at the idea that I'll be working with students more one on one. Maybe this is the change of scenery I need.
     
  11. MathGuy82

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    I am curious too, can you tell us why you are leaving? If not, you have a least a bachelor's degree. So jobs like to hire those with degrees and your experience. Look what you think you could be best with. What is your major and what did you teach?
     

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