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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd, February 23 2023

What Kind of Job Can a Former Teacher Get? Revamp Your Career

As a teacher, you may be curious to know what career options are available for someone with your skills and experience. The answer is that there are new career opportunities available for teachers and former teachers with the right skills and experience. 

Uncovering potential career paths requires knowledge of the right techniques to gain access. From understanding your transferable skills, exploring new job possibilities, networking effectively and engaging in professional development - these are all key steps when considering career change. 

With this blog post we will explore each one so that you can make an informed decision on what kind of job best suits your talents and ambitions.

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Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a valuable asset for job seekers, especially those looking to make a career change. They’re the abilities you have that can be applied to different jobs and industries, making them incredibly useful when it comes to getting ahead in your new career.

Take communication, for example; this is an essential skill no matter what industry you work in. Whether it’s talking face-to-face with clients or colleagues or writing reports and emails, having strong communication skills will help you stand out from the crowd. These same abilities will be advantageous if you ever make the decision to transition into a different job again.

Problem solving is another transferable skill which can be used across multiple roles and sectors – not just within teaching. Being able to think on your feet and come up with creative solutions quickly is an invaluable ability which employers love seeing on CVs. So if you’ve got experience of finding ways around tricky problems during your time as a teacher then don't forget to highlight this when applying for other positions too.

Organisation is key when it comes to managing workloads effectively; something teachers know all about thanks their years of planning lessons and grading assignments. Knowing how best organise yourself - both mentally and physically - so that tasks get done efficiently is always going impress potential employers too.

Finally there's leadership:

being able to motivate others towards achieving common goals whilst keeping morale high at the same time requires great people management skills – something else teachers have plenty of practice with. This kind of expertise makes any candidate look attractive regardless of whether they're applying for managerial roles or not; showing prospective employers that you're capable taking charge even under pressure demonstrates initiative and drive - two qualities many organizations value highly indeed.

Transferable skills from teaching, such as communication and organisational abilities, can be leveraged in many different types of jobs. By employing an effective job-hunting approach and concentrating on these transferrable capabilities, ex-educators have a plethora of prospects to explore for making a professional transition.

Key Takeaway: Transferable skills are invaluable when it comes to making a successful career change; communication, problem solving, organisation and leadership being key. These abilities can be applied across multiple roles and industries which is why former teachers have an edge in the job market - they know how to manage workloads efficiently whilst motivating others towards achieving common goals.

Job Opportunities

Ex-teachers can explore different job possibilities in a range of fields, from educational consulting to instruction and growth. Education consultants help organizations develop strategies for success in the classroom or on the job. They may provide advice on curriculum design, assessment methods, teaching techniques, and other educational initiatives. 

Training and development professionals leverage their knowledge to create initiatives that boost employee proficiency by equipping them with the skills necessary for success in their positions. Human resources specialists are responsible for recruiting, hiring, onboarding new staff members, managing employee relations issues such as benefits administration and compliance with labor laws. 

Project managers plan projects from start to finish while coordinating teams of people across departments or divisions within an organisation. Finally, marketing professionals work with companies to promote products or services through creative campaigns designed to reach target audiences effectively.

For those seeking a career change beyond traditional education, their teaching experience can still be used. Their ability to communicate clearly and manage classrooms may transfer into customer service roles at call centres or sales positions in retail stores, both of which necessitate strong communication skills as well as organisational capabilities sharpened through years of leading classes. 

Someone who has crafted lesson plans could apply the same skill set to business operations by creating processes for tasks such as tracking inventory levels or developing policies concerning customer returns.

One's teaching abilities can be put to use in some unexpected ways; for example, software engineering could benefit from the problem-solving aptitude of a teacher or public relations may require someone with storytelling skills. Identifying the transferable abilities that make you a desirable candidate for jobs beyond your current field is essential when considering all of the potential applications of your teaching experience.

Job opportunities for former teachers are plentiful, and with the right strategy in place, a successful career transition is within reach. By using a network of contacts, one can maximise their chances of making a successful career transition.

Key Takeaway: Former teachers have a wide range of job opportunities available to them beyond the traditional classroom, ranging from education consulting and training & development roles to customer service positions in retail or software engineering. With their existing skillset, they can transfer into new careers with relative ease if they're willing to think outside the box and leverage their teaching experience for unexpected purposes.


Networking is an essential part of finding a new job, especially for former teachers. It’s important to reach out to contacts in the industry you are interested in and attend events related to your field of interest. Chance encounters may result in unforeseen possibilities.

Gather a list of contacts who have relevant knowledge and experience in the field you wish to enter, such as ex-colleagues, friends, family members, mentors or other industry professionals. This could include former colleagues, friends, family members, mentors and other professionals who have knowledge about the industry or company you want to work for. 

Reach out to them through electronic communication or social media platforms and inform them of the kind of role you desire, inquiring if they can provide any guidance on how best to pursue it. They may be able to offer insights on how best to position yourself as a candidate or connect with key players in the organisation through networking events or referrals from mutual contacts.

Ensure that you remain not only connected to your current network but also look beyond it by attending pertinent conferences, seminars and workshops related to the field of interest as potential employers will likely be in attendance. This way, one can gain invaluable information while concurrently increasing their visibility amongst recruiters seeking qualified individuals such as yourself. 

Join professional associations that align with one's interests so they can stay abreast of recent trends within their particular industry while broadening their circle at the same time - bear in mind: fortune favours the prepared.

Finally, don’t forget about online platforms such as LinkedIn which allows users to create detailed profiles showcasing their skillset as well as browse open positions posted directly from companies themselves. This is a great way of staying ahead of competition since many employers use these sites actively search for talent so make sure yours stands out.

Networking is essential for securing the ideal position and should not be disregarded. Professional development can help you gain the skills needed to make yourself more marketable in your search for a new career as a former teacher.

Key Takeaway: Networking is key for finding a new job, especially for former teachers - reach out to your contacts in the industry you’re interested in and attend events related to it. Additionally, don't forget about joining professional associations and leveraging online platforms such as LinkedIn so that employers can easily find you. Put yourself out there and make sure your profile stands out from the crowd – after all ‘fortune favours the brave.'

Professional Development

To successfully transition into a new career, investing in professional development is essential. It’s important to invest in courses and certifications that will give you an edge when applying for jobs. Start by researching the field you want to move into and look at what qualifications employers are looking for. You may need to take some classes or gain additional certifications related to your desired job role.

Don't let apprehension of the unfamiliar prevent you from seizing this opportunity to expand your skillset; it could lead to more than just a job offer, and demonstrate to potential employers that you're willing to strive for excellence. Embrace this chance for expansion; taking in a fresh ability can unlock plentiful possibilities and even if it doesn't result directly to a job offer, exhibiting these capabilities on your resume will demonstrate employers that you are ready to strive further.

Attend events such as conferences and workshops to build relationships with industry professionals who may be able to offer insight or resources that can assist in your career transition. Don't be afraid of putting yourself out there – making connections is one of the best ways to find opportunities in any field.

Another way of boosting your professional development is by transferring skills from previous roles which may not seem relevant at first glance but could still come in handy down the line. For example, if you were previously a teacher then chances are good that those same communication skills would be beneficial in almost any other profession - so make sure they get highlighted on your CV.

Key Takeaway: Transitioning into a new career can be intimidating, but by investing in professional development courses and certifications you can open up many doors. Additionally, don't forget to take advantage of networking opportunities like conferences or workshops and make sure your CV highlights the skills you gained from previous roles - even if they seem unrelated at first glance. Exerting effort and dedication can unlock many opportunities for ex-teachers.


What job can a teacher transition to?

A teacher can transition to a wide range of professions, depending on their interests and qualifications. Teachers may explore options in the education sector as an instructional designer or curriculum developer, pursue a business career such as organisational consultant or corporate trainer, work with government and non-profit organizations as project manager or analyst, transition to research roles within academia, investigate technology opportunities like software development and data analysis, look into writing/communications/marketing/PR related positions at publishing houses or media outlets; lastly they can consider becoming a legal professional if they possess relevant qualifications. With effort and commitment, teachers can achieve success in numerous areas.

What can a teacher do after quitting?

There are many options available to a teacher who has decided to quit. They can pursue further education, such as taking classes or obtaining additional certifications that will help them transition into another field. They may consider seeking out roles in other areas where their capabilities and background could be beneficial. Additionally, they could start a business of their own or become an independent contractor offering services related to teaching. Finally, there is the option of volunteering with organizations that support educational causes, which would allow them to stay connected with the field while exploring new opportunities outside it.

What is a good second career after teaching?

There are many potential second careers available to former teachers. Depending on the individual's talents and inclinations, they may opt for a career in education counselling or governance, corporate instruction, personnel administration, publicity or correspondence, social media organisation/strategy creation, information investigation/exploration structure and execution. With proper qualifications and experience in any of these fields (or others), there is no limit to what one can do after teaching. Furthermore, for those who have already developed transferable skills from their teaching experience such as communication abilities with diverse populations or problem-solving techniques applicable across different industries – the possibilities are even greater.

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The possibilities for a former teacher to find the right kind of job are vast and varied. Transferable skills, job opportunities, networking, and professional development all play an important role in helping teachers make successful career transitions. 

With careful consideration of these elements and dedication to their own personal growth as professionals, former teachers can discover new paths that will lead them towards fulfilling careers. No matter the kind of occupation you are aiming for after teaching, there is no restriction on what can be accomplished.

Author: Naomi Rothwell-Boyd

Naomi is the founder of Tribe And Seek and an EMCC and CIPD accredited career coach specialising in career change. 

Her career advice comes from her work alongside ex-olympic athletes supporting corporate clients like Kraft Heinz, and creating leadership courses at the Duke Of Edinburgh's Award.

She also left a previous career in international development consulting behind, where she led UK corporate fundraising at Habitat For Humanity.

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