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Naomi Rothwell-Boyd, February 23 2023

What to Do After Being a Teacher: Revamping Your Career Path

Making the decision to depart from teaching can be a difficult one, yet taking steps to explore potential new opportunities after teaching and building relationships with industry professionals will help make the transition easier. But if you're ready to move on and pursue something new, there are several steps that you should take after being a teacher in order to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible.

From researching potential job opportunities to networking with industry professionals, taking the time to explore all of your options will help ensure that you find an ideal career path for yourself. In this blog post we'll look at what do after being a teacher: defining what better means for you; conducting research; developing skills; and finally, beginning your job search. By following these steps closely, any former educator can have confidence in their ability to successfully change careers.

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Define What Better Means To You

When it comes to making a career change, it's important to take the time to really think about what you want out of your next job. Ask yourself: What would make me feel fulfilled? What atmosphere would I prefer to be in for my work? Do I have any particular objectives or aspirations that this job must assist me in accomplishing?

To start, consider your values and interests. Do you prefer working with people or independently? Are there certain causes or organizations that are important for you to support through your work? Uncovering your drive and enthusiasm can aid in focusing on the job roles that may be most fitting for you.

Once you've identified some areas where your passions align with potential roles, look into companies and industries related to those topics. Research their culture, mission statements, core values—all these pieces come together as part of understanding if a company is right for you. Additionally, talk with people who already work in these fields; they can provide valuable insight on how things actually operate behind-the-scenes at different organizations and give advice on navigating a successful transition into the industry.

You should also assess whether there are any skills gaps between where you currently stand professionally and what will be expected from someone taking on the role(s) that interest you most. For example, maybe there’s an emerging technology relevant to the field but which isn’t something yet listed on your resume; learning more about it could open up even more opportunities within that space. Consider signing up for online classes or attending workshops in order gain new expertise quickly without having invest too much money upfront (or commit longterm).

Finally, once all other elements are taken care of – networking contacts made; research done; skills honed – then it's time for the actual job search itself. This process requires patience since not every application will result in an offer letter, but by putting thoughtfulness into each submission and being proactive, eventually all those hard efforts will pay off when the right opportunity finally presents itself.

By defining what better means to you, you can start creating a plan for your career change that will lead to the best outcome. Research is key in this process; by learning about different industries and job roles, as well as assessing which skills are transferable from teaching, you'll be able to create an actionable strategy for transitioning into a new field.

Key Takeaway: It's important to take the time to consider your values and interests before making a career change - do some research into relevant companies and industries, hone any skills gaps you may have, then network effectively in order to land the job that fits best. With patience and dedication, success will eventually come knocking.


Exploring career options is an indispensable part of transitioning to a new profession successfully. Gaining knowledge of the possible occupations and recognising the skills, credentials, and background needed to acquire your desired job can aid you in limiting your selections.

Start by researching job postings for positions that interest you. Take note of any requirements or qualifications that may be needed for those roles so you can start thinking about how to acquire them if necessary. Investigate sector growth and developments to understand where the most potential lies; this will help you determine which fields have more openings.

Talking to professionals in the field is also key – reach out to people who work in jobs similar to what you're interested in pursuing and ask them questions about their experiences with the role, their advice on getting into it, or even just general information about the industry itself. Gaining understanding from someone who has gone through the same process can be an incredible source of help when determining if a specific career is suitable for you.

Taking a moment to evaluate oneself, one should contemplate what brings them joy, the desired lifestyle they seek and their innate capabilities. What kind of lifestyle am I looking for? Where do my strengths lie? Answering these questions honestly can help point towards potential careers that align with your interests and abilities while still being within reach given your current skill set. With research comes clarity; use this opportunity wisely.

Gaining insight into the range of possibilities available to you can help provide clarity on which direction is best for your future. By networking, you can build relationships and learn more about potential opportunities that may be available to you after being a teacher.

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By networking, one can create invaluable connections and build meaningful relationships with professionals in their desired field to obtain career advice, guidance, and potentially even job opportunities. It’s all about making connections and building relationships with people in your field that can provide advice, guidance, and even potential job opportunities. You never know who you may meet or what kind of doors it could open for you.

Start by attending networking events such as conferences, workshops, seminars, trade shows etc. Connect with others by participating in industry events and professional organizations to stay informed of the latest trends. Join relevant industry associations to stay abreast of the newest developments and information in your area. Additionally, don't be afraid to reach out directly to professionals in your network; they may have valuable insights into the industry or even leads on jobs that are not yet advertised publicly.

When it comes to networking, remember: it’s not just about what you know but who knows YOU. Make sure that when talking with someone at an event or online that they understand why they should want to connect with you beyond having similar interests or backgrounds – let them know how working together could benefit both of you. 

Be prepared with questions so that conversations don’t get too one sided; ask things like “What do think makes this company successful? What challenges have been unique within this role? How did other employees handle those challenges? Etc." Showing genuine interest in their experiences will help create strong connections between yourself and potential employers/mentors down the line.

Finally, use social media platforms like LinkedIn strategically; post relevant content often (but not too often) and make sure it reflects positively on yourself professionally. Connecting online is a great way for recruiters/hiring managers to find out more information about candidates before meeting face-to-face – so make sure whatever profile info/content is public looks good from their perspective.

Networking is a great way to gain insight into potential career paths and build relationships with professionals in the field. It's time to begin sharpening your abilities in order to succeed on the chosen journey.

Key Takeaway: Networking is key to making a successful career change, and it's all about who you know. Put yourself out there by attending events, joining professional organizations and connecting with people online - but make sure your profile reflects positively on you as potential employers may be checking. Show genuine interest in others' experiences for strong connections that could benefit both of you.

Skills Development

Skills Development is essential when making a career change. Identifying the capabilities required for your new position and discovering methods to build them is essential. Whether you take classes, attend workshops, or volunteer, it’s important to make sure you have the right skillset for success.

Taking Classes:

Taking classes related to your new field can be an effective way of developing the necessary skills for a successful transition into a different career path. Investigate what educational options are obtainable, both on the internet and in person, to decide which courses will meet your requirements. This will help ensure that you are up-to-date on industry trends and familiar with any relevant technology used in the field.

Attending workshops pertinent to your desired career can offer a wealth of knowledge, hands-on experience, and potential connections with established professionals in the field. These types of events can often offer networking opportunities with professionals who may be able to provide guidance along your journey towards achieving success in this area of work.

Gaining the capability to transition into a fresh vocation is critical for success. Embarking on the task of looking for a new job can be intimidating, yet with proper assistance and encouragement it can also bring satisfaction.

Key Takeaway: Making a successful career change requires honing your skillset, which can be done by taking classes related to the new field and attending workshops. Networking with established professionals is also an invaluable way of learning more about this area of work and gaining insight into what it takes to succeed.

Job Search

Job search can be a daunting task, especially if you’re looking to make a career change. It requires time and effort to research potential job opportunities, network with professionals in the industry, and develop your skillset. Begin your job search by researching potential opportunities, networking with relevant professionals, and honing your skills.


Spend some time researching potential roles that match your interests and qualifications. Take advantage of online resources like LinkedIn or Glassdoor to get an idea of what kind of jobs are available in the field you’re interested in. Consider pursuing any certifications or specialisations that could give you an edge in your job search.


Once you have identified potential positions, start building relationships with people who work in the industry. Participate in industry-related gatherings, join relevant professional groups, and link up with other experts on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook. This will give you valuable insight into what it takes to land a job within this particular sector while helping build up your contacts list at the same time.

Skills Development:

Make sure that you have all necessary skills required for the position by taking courses or workshops relevant to the role you’re applying for. Consider enrolling in an online course or attending seminars held by experts from various industries - this will give you an edge over other applicants when it comes time for interviews.

Once everything is ready (CV updated and tailored according to role requirements; researched companies and roles; built up contact list), start searching for jobs through online job boards such as Indeed or Monster, recruiters etc., targeting those which best fit your criteria and qualifications. 

Use keywords wisely so employers find it easier when they search their database – try not use generic words like “sales executive” but rather focus on specific terms such as “enterprise sales executive", "sales specialist". Follow-up regularly once applications have been submitted - don't just sit back and wait. Keep track of progress made thus far too - create spreadsheets/trackers if needed - so there's no room left out anything important during follow-ups/interviews etc.

Key Takeaway: To progress to a new career, it is essential to research the field, build up your skillset and form connections with those already in the industry. Get out there and start networking, take some courses or attend seminars relevant to the job you're looking for - don't just sit back and wait. And lastly make sure that all of your applications are tailored correctly using keywords wisely so employers can find you easier.


What career can a teacher change to?

A teacher can change to a wide range of careers depending on their interests and skills. For example, they could become an instructional designer or curriculum developer for online courses, use their teaching experience to help create educational materials for businesses, pursue a career in consulting or training development, transition into the corporate world as an HR specialist or recruiter, move into project management roles that involve leading teams and managing budgets, explore opportunities in communications and marketing where they can use their writing abilities to craft content pieces such as press releases or website copywriting. The possibilities are endless with the right motivation and dedication.

What do teachers do after leaving the profession?

Many teachers who leave the profession pursue a variety of career paths. Some opt to stay in education and transition into roles such as school administrators, curriculum specialists, or educational consultants. Others choose to move outside of the field entirely and explore opportunities in fields like business, healthcare, technology, marketing, communications, finance/accounting or law. Regardless of which path they take after leaving teaching positions behind them; teachers often bring their unique set of skills including problem solving abilities; strong communication & organisational skills; empathy for others’ needs; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; an eye for detail and a commitment to lifelong learning – all valuable traits that employers seek out when hiring new employees.

What do teachers do after school is over?

After school is over, teachers have a variety of options for their professional lives. Many pursue higher education to further specialise in the field or gain new qualifications and certifications. Others may choose to transition into other related fields such as educational consulting, curriculum design, research, instructional coaching or even administration. Still others take on roles outside of the classroom such as working with nonprofits or becoming entrepreneurs. With an IQ of 150 and advanced level experience in teaching, these professionals are well-equipped to explore any number of career paths that fit their interests and goals.

What else can teachers do with their degree?

They may choose to become educational consultants, working with schools and districts on curriculum development or instructional strategies. Alternatively, they could transition into an administrative role such as school principal or superintendent. 

For those looking for something completely different, teachers can leverage their expertise in other areas such as marketing or business management by becoming corporate trainers or project managers. With the right qualifications and experience, they may even venture into research-oriented roles like education policy analyst or data scientist. The possibilities are endless.

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Making a career change after being a teacher can be intimidating, but with the right research, networking and skills development strategies you can find success. It's essential to determine what 'better' looks like for you in regards to your ambitions and targets prior to commencing the process. 

Open up to new possibilities and commit yourself to learning each day, and you'll be on your way towards finding a job that brings joy into all facets of life. Remember that no matter how difficult it may seem at times - there is always something more fulfilling waiting just around the corner if we're willing to take risks.

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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