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Careers advice

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by vectis1, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. vectis1

    vectis1 New commenter


    After a lot of soul searching and reflection I have decided to put exit plan into action. Exiting teaching that is. School in RI twice, poor results. I’m a Middle aged HOD on UPS, school is probably going to be taken over by a MAT - you get the picture!

    I think realistically it will take two years or so.

    I am 45 but am happy to embark upon a new career. Anyone know of a good careers service? Happy to pay for it. I’ve only ever been a teacher but I think I have many transferable skills.

    Really appreciate any ideas. Thank you.
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  2. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Your old university will probably still be able to offer you careers advice. It may be worth contacting the careers service at a more local university. The worst that can happen is that they will say "sorry no", or "yes we can help you but it will cost...."

    You undoubtedly have lots of useful skills. It may take a change of mindset to sell them.
    Good luck.
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  3. vectis1

    vectis1 New commenter

    Thank you. Hadn’t thought of University option. Am currently in the process of applying for the civil service fast stream but seriously doubt my chances of success!
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    One book that you might like to borrow from the library is What Colour is Your Parachute which explores you as a person and what your talents and skills may be. There is also a National Careers Service; if you google for it you will find their contact details.

    Don't rule anything out. You could have multiple streams of income: tutoring, distributor for multi-level marketing business ( one that is reputable of course), part-time job, full time job, taking in language students et, supply teaching etc. Even buying and selling things on e-bay.

    You might have to retrain, but again don't rule anything out. Have a search for the jobs that are in shortage areas. In IT programming can earn you a lot of money. Work within surveying can pay well. I know teachers who have retrained as social workers or nurses. Gas engineers and electricians make good money. Try to go for something you are interested in.

    Having multiple streams of income is one of the wisest moves you will ever make.

    All the best for your new ventures and it will be an adventure to make your escape and plan.
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  5. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    My 50 year old sister in law has just started a new career, it’s effectively an apprenticeship working towards becoming a paramedic. Currently she is a technician paramedic driver, on a pittance, and it will take years to earn much above this but she is so happy!!
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  6. vectis1

    vectis1 New commenter

    Great news! Was she a teacher too?
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  7. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    No but she worked in a school.
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  8. livingstone83

    livingstone83 Occasional commenter

    What's your degree subject/specialism?

    There's quite a lot of training schemes out there, public health, social work to name two. They have an intake every other year. The public health route leads to all sorts of different career paths, the pay won't be an issue either.
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  9. vectis1

    vectis1 New commenter

    Humanities but always taught English. Would love to do public health so will look into it. Thanks for the tip!
  10. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I deliver careers advice in my daytime job and I would recommend having a look at anything and everything where your transferable skills might be applicable. Think in a broad way and don't rule anything out. If you have a read around different careers guidance theory models it might also throw up some ideas to think about in terms of possible directions.

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