Lisa Harding

The #1 Mindset Mistake Transitioning Teachers Can Make

Making the transition from education to corporate can be challenging, especially if you are not mentally prepared for the shift. The corporate world is driven by profit, and your new employer is primarily interested in how you can help their business make money or save money. Therefore, it's essential to communicate what unique skills and experiences you bring to the table and demonstrate how they can contribute to the company's success. 

The #1 Mindset Mistake Transitioning Teachers Can Make

One common mistake that transitioning teachers make is viewing themselves solely as educators, rather than professionals with teaching experience. It's crucial to understand that teaching is a job and that you are qualified for other roles outside of education. You must look at yourself as a professional who has valuable experiences and skills, and not just a teacher looking for another job. 

When Applying for a job... 
When applying for a job in the corporate world, you need to highlight your relevant experiences and accomplishments that are directly related to the position you're applying for. Your resume should not only focus on teaching-related experiences but should also showcase any other relevant experience you may have from previous jobs or activities.

By doing this, you help potential employers see you as a qualified candidate with relevant experience. It's important to note that using "teacher language" and emphasizing "teacher things" on your resume may not always be helpful. If the job description does not require specific teaching experience, then focusing solely on classroom experiences may not be helpful to a potential employer. Instead, you should focus on the transferable skills that you have gained as a teacher that can be used in other roles. 

In conclusion, transitioning from education to corporate requires a shift in mentality. You must see yourself as a professional with transferable skills and relevant experiences. Highlighting your relevant experiences and accomplishments is key to landing your desired job in the corporate world. It's also essential to avoid emphasizing "teacher things" on your resume and focus on your transferable skills to show your potential employer that you are a qualified candidate for the job. 

About This Post:
This blog post is based on information shared within the Teacher Career Transition Academy. To learn more about this particular topic, refer to the video title “Transitioning Teachers Guide to Writing Resumes Pt. I” located within the Teacher Career Transition Academy
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