Please help! Does anyone have any insights/bright ideas/ magic spells for changing career at 44?!
I have been a Drama Teacher for 20 years and left in the summer. The job has changed and for about 2 years I’d been a ball of anger and resentment ready to move on.
I don’t consider myself to be skill less - far from it- but apparently the world of Work outside school does! I can talk confidently in front of groups, manage people, plan and organise and am empathetic and creative- why does NO ONE want my skills?? Any thoughts, directions, ideas or job offers (!) massively appreciated 😊xx
I will be following this thread with interest! I left teaching years ago and have really struggled to build a decent career back up ( not helped by not really knowing what I have wanted to do!!)
As a teacher you will have loads of transferable skills.. How about something in the civil service? Training for companies? Play therapist? Counselling? Mentoring? Your skills will be appreciated somewhere.. 😀
Nope. It’s so difficult trying to break into a new career after teaching. I think you have two realistic options, the first being to perhaps get involved in extra-curricular drama (I looked up Stagecoach fees yesterday and was astonished) or to retrain and beg someone to give you voluntary experience. I left with the intention of qualifying as a health professional but as changes to the bursary in Wales has put that out of the question I’m trapped for the time being in a low paid role. I know what I’d like to do to combine my two skill sets but convincing anyone to let me volunteer is a stumbling block!
I'm joining as a Work Coach. I found the competency part quite straightforward- use the STAR method to focus thto answer. I had the interview in July and am only starting in December so a very long process! Th interview was great, they were lovely and only ask questions based on the competencies so I practiced the ones I put in the application and had an extra planned out in case my mind went blank
When she left teaching, a friend of mine got work with the botanic gardens leading sessions for children on school visits. National parks, historic sites, museums etc all have these type of roles if you are still happy to work with kids outside of a school context. Lots of these type of organisations also have community-education roles too, so it might not be with kids. I was looking at a forestry commission one the other day - a kind of outreach thing to get people interested in enjoying and protecting local woodland.
Drama after school clubs/ weekend clubs/ preschool drama? My 3 year old daughter goes to drama classes on a Saturday and loves them! Either through a franchise or set up your own? Or do you want a total change of direction?
I'm sorry to hear that @Nasreen. I've seen you on these boards for a little while and just wanted to offer you lots of support and hugs and encouragement and say your turn will come. You will get there. Don't give up.
I'm not sure if you had a chance to practice the judgement tests but you can find some papers online that might help.
You can Google "practice judgement test" and lots of sites come up if you ever might need it again. Perhaps you already did this though..
Anyway, just wanted to wish you all the best. Your persistence will pay off in the end, I'm certain.
Thanks Redblue and tissue. I only saw the role advertised at the last minute, so the whole application was probably far too rushed. Next time, I will certainly take the time to practice some tests and really familiarise myself with the whole process.
Starting to think about retraining myself now, if only I knew what in! Is it true there is no funding for second degrees (or only in limited areas?). Does anyone know if bursaries for an areas still exist?