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Old 12-10-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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I don't know if I want to keep teaching much longer, but I have no idea what else to do/what I would even want to do. I know I probably don't want to stay in the education realm (i.e specialist, instructional coach, admin, etc) if I do leave. I'm unmarried, so this is my sole income source. I can't really afford to make much less (I know many married folks can't either). Any suggestions for how to figure out ideas?


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A couple of thoughts:

1. Start making several lists: things you are really skilled at (writing? organizing?); things you enjoy doing (reading? crafts?); things you dislike doing (keeping detailed records? cold-calling?).

2. Jot down jobs that you know about or hear about that sound interesting to you. As you go about your life, ask people about their jobs--what they like and dislike, how they got into the field, etc.

3. Play around with the Occupational Outlook Handbook. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

4. Check with your local community college to see what occupations they offer classes for. (Don't forget to check that grads are actually in demand for good paying positions)
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Our local technical college has a counseling office where they offer a "test" that pinpoints interests/strengths.

Additionally, the counselor meets with you to discuss the test results and what might be a good direction to go when looking for a new occupation.
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I left teaching in June. I now work at a credit union, and I love my job! Our area has various job fairs throughout the year. I attended a fair for this position.

You have many marketable skills, and many organizations would love to interview with you.
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Thanks for the tips everyone.


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