Career Changer – How Do I Do That?

Posted by Lorne Ranstrom on Oct 13, 2015 2:00:00 PM

I have worked in Teacher Preparation for several years and often receive calls from people like yourself interested in changing careers and in fact, thinking about teaching as one profession to explore.  A Career changer can be thought of as a person who is exploring the possibility of changing occupations.  Whether that is because a person is unhappy in his/her current working situation or is just interested in exploring another career, the transition can be daunting.  However, if there is a real need to begin to think about a change and in fact make it happen, there are a number of steps that you can take to being the process.

Skills Analysis

First you need to do a self-analysis looking at your own skills and begin to explore what other professions that skill set could fit.  This will require being honest with yourself and doing the hard work of analyzing your skills.

Determine Career Requirements 

Second, once the analysis is completed and you have a few careers/professions to explore, it will become necessary to talk with someone or read about the requirements for the careers:  education updating, job prospects, pros and cons of the new profession, basically what would you have to do to begin to pursue the new career.

Experience In New Career 

A third task would be to work on gaining some kind of experience in the possible new career.  If the education profession is one option, it could be to think about doing some substitute teaching.  This would allow you to get a “feel” for working in a classroom with students.  It may also provide the opportunity to talk with teachers in the school about the teaching profession.  This could possibly lead to answers about some of the questions you may have as well.  You would also need to do some thinking about the level at which you would think about teaching and whether it is a single subject (History, English, etc) or to work at an elementary level with younger students. 

Thinking about entering a new career can be a challenging and invigorating pursuit, an opportunity, or a daunting and frightening plunge.  In either case, doing your homework and entering the career change process requires you to be open, honest with yourself and a willingness to take some risks.  The rewards will be most enjoyable, especially when you land in a place that you perhaps believe you are called to.  If this ends up being teaching, there is no better place to land.  Teaching offers a lifetime of building up the lives of others and moving them forward in life’s journey and you can be an integral part of that.

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Written by Lorne Ranstrom

Dr. Ranstrom has been teaching at ENC since 1991, and is currently serving as Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and the Director of Field Placements. Previous to teaching at the college level, Dr. Ranstrom was a 7th grade teacher for five years, and an Assistant Principal at both the high school and middle school levels, for four years cumulatively. Since 1998 he has been a member of The Certification Review Panel for the Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, and has been a member of a number of Massachusetts State Dept. of Ed. accreditation teams.

Topics: Education, Academics, Internship and Job Opportunities