Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, March 20, 2015
Speaking as a former teacher that made the transition into corporate roles, one of the most important things you can do first is change your mindset from teacher to student. Research the types of roles and companies that interest you and reflect on what skills you bring to the table.Teacher's often have many of the soft skills that companies are looking for in great leaders - presentation skills, operations, planning, employee (student) development, etc. Additionally, your interests and area of expertise as a teacher can help guide you. Many of the core business skills needed for corporate roles are relatable to the area of focus you have as a teacher. For example, as a math/science teacher, you bring strong quantitative and problem solving skills that may be a great fit for finance, risk, etc.
Some other points to consider as you move forward with your transition would be:
Would grad school, certification courses, or other educational avenues ease the transition and help you acquire the expertise needed to speak knowledgeably in an interview or work situation?
Does your resume and cover letter need to be recrafted to show the correlation to the roles you are seeking?
Do you have contacts in your network that either work in the field you are interested in, or know someone that does? And can you speak with them to learn more?
best of luck!