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Leave Teaching and Thrive - Tips to help you leave Teaching and smile.

Are you thinking of leaving Teaching?

Ok so you will leave teaching and do what...?

That can seem daunting and there are a lot of options out there that it can be hard to know which option will see you leave teaching and thrive.

Which is why it is so important when deciding to leave teaching to base you next career move on your interests, skills, and personal circumstances.

Here are some steps to consider when contemplating leaving a teaching job:


Reflect on your interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Consider what you are passionate about and what types of work would make you feel fulfilled.

Skills and Qualifications:

Evaluate whether your current skills and qualifications can be transferred to your desired career. You may need to acquire new skills or certifications.

Tailor your CV and cover letter to highlight relevant skills and experiences for your new career. Emphasize transferable skills gained from teaching.

Having worked with loads of Ex Teachers now Franchisees (most of the people in the photo below!) I can confirm that you have many, many skills from personal skills to organisation skills, time management, planning and communication skills.

Explore Options:

Research different career paths and industries that align with your skills and interests. Networking with professionals in various fields can provide valuable insights.

Financial Planning:

Consider the financial implications of leaving your teaching job and entering a new field. Make a budget and save money to cover potential periods of transition.

Transition Plan:

Develop a clear plan for how you will transition out of teaching. This may involve finding part-time work in your desired field, freelancing, or pursuing side projects while still employed as a teacher.

Seek Guidance:

Talk to an advisor, mentors, and professionals who have made similar career changes. They can offer valuable advice and support. DidTeach provides lots of advice, a jobs board and Franchise Opportunities page to help you on your journey of leaving teaching.

Be Patient:

Career transitions can take time and may involve setbacks. Stay patient and adaptable as you navigate the change.

Embrace Lifelong Learning:

Be open to continuous learning and skill development in your new field. The job market evolves, and staying up-to-date is crucial. Acknowledge that what you leave teaching to do initially might not be what you do in 5 or 10 years down the line.

Katherine (pictured below) was a Geography Teacher in London and she decided to leave Teaching and smile again by moving back home to Newcastle and becoming a Nature Makers Franchisee. She says it was the "best decision" she has ever made and you can read her story and advice for people thinking of leaving Teaching here.

What ever you decide to do, do it with passion and purpose!


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