/ Asked by hope
How do you recommend I transition from being a teacher to a corporate position?
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, March 16, 2015
I am a teacher by profession and there are lots of options for you to consider.  A teacher has skills they can take to corporate America that will serve you well. Skill such as; planning, organization, presentation abilities, dealing with difficult situations (we call that change management) and getting buy-in (we call that influencing).  These are skills that many companies seek.  I would suggest that you reflect on what industries interest you and then begin to think about roles where you can tranfer your skills.  If you have a passion for an industry that can be an area of focus for you.  I am in the pharma industry and feel that I am making a difference in saving lives everyday. It brings me great pleasure knowing I am helping people.  You too, can have that type of impact.  You just have to find that focus.  Making a career change might require you to go back to school for additonal training.  That will help you as you find your "true north".  You can do this.  Take the time to be thoughtful in what your interests are and then begin your search process.  Best of luck! 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 16, 2015
It can be incredibly exciting to think about transitioning from one career to another. You are fortunate to be in a field that is highly transferable to other industries. Communication, time management, efficient use of resources, budgeting and familiarity with common and emerging technologies are just a few examples of areas you may be able to re-purpose. One of my best tips for people who are branching out into a new area is to spend some time researching the open positions at organizations where you have an interest. What are the requirements and expectations of the job? Can you correlate your responsibilities as a teacher to the details provided in the job description? Consider information interviewing to better understand the business. Network with people already in the industry you would like to be a part of. Though every connection may not yield a job opening, they can open doors you might not have previously considered.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 20, 2015
First, it shows great courage on your part to take this step in your career.  Take comfort in that it should not be as daunting a task as you may think.  Many of the skills of being a teacher are transferable to the corporate world.  I am not sure what type of job that you are interested in, but many companies have robust professional development programs that require people skilled at educating others, albeit adults in this case.  If this is the type of position in which you are interested, I would suggest targeting a few companies that are of interest to you and going out to LinkedIn to start building your network.  Search for people at these companies in training, development, learning, or other similar key words.  Connect with them on LinkedIn and once this occurs, reach out to them to request more information and possibly informational interviews.  At the same time, watch their career web sites for job postings.  It may take some time, but networking is the most powerful exercise that can be done to help your job search.
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!  
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