Not enjoying the teaching game any more? Change the rules! How to plan a career change in 2017.

The end of the year is a time for reflection. Although the prevailing sentiment seems to be that 2016 was pretty challenging, we shouldn’t lose hope. Never forget that most problems in life are fixable. If the same old career is getting you down; if you're fed up with working for management that doesn't support; then perhaps it’s time for a change. Perhaps it’s time for your New Year’s Revolution. We’ve all heard the adage ‘New Year, New Me’ but how often is this sentiment followed through? What you must realise is that it is the so-called ‘old you’ that makes the change. There’s no mystical transformation required, everything you need to make a change is already there. Around one-third of teachers left the profession between 2010 and 2015 and nearly half plan to quitin the next five years, citing excessive workload, high pressure assessments and constant policy changes as their reasons for leaving. If this is starting to sound too familiar, perhaps it’s time for a change. If you are unhappy in your career, what are you going to do about it? Here are our suggestions on how to plan a career change for 2017:

Know your transferable skills
Is it the career you hate or just where you are? Most teaching professionals are still passionate about teaching you people but just need a change of scenery. It isn’t necessary that you leave the profession altogether if you have the transferable skills. Opportunities for education professionals are vast, varied and ripe for the taking if you have the experience. For example, you can still start your own business within education, either as a freelancer or a franchisee. If you already have the skills, use them to make 2017 the year you change life for the better.
Develop new skills (and find help to do it)
Even if you don’t have the skills needed to achieve an immediate career change, there’s no reason you can’t learn, especially given the right support. Don’t be afraid to give things a go. Sometimes, you don’t know exactly what you want until you try it. Speak to your local school to try and get experience. You can shadow teachers or become a classroom assistant to learn more about the daily workings of the education profession. Also, remember that there are franchising opportunities available for non-teachers. Firms like First Class Learning supply the business framework and the curriculum material you need to get started.
Decide to do it
The biggest obstacle to change is you. Change can be scary, but that fear can stop you achieving beneficial outcomes. You need to know yourself to achieve your ambition. If you have a vision do not focus on the ‘why nots’. Instead of creating a list of reasons not to make a change, list out some of the reasons why you want to do it. This isn’t to say that you should jump in without proper examination of your potential career change. But don’t let past insecurities and doubts prevent you entering a new market and taking charge of your own career.
Talk to those in-the-know
It’s okay to need help in your transition. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about your options. Friends, family and advisors can help identify your skillset (if you don’t know already). You may also require a financial advisor, such as an accountant, to make sure the financials stack up. If there are any gaps in your knowledge, talk to other people who have made a change and network within your chosen sector.
Believe that you can do it
"Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself." – Oprah Winfrey She’s right you know. In business, you must reject any self-imposed restriction and go for it. One of the main steps in starting a business is deciding that you can do it. That you can believe that you can be successful. You can redefine the way that you view yourself. You can transform from teacher or even a full-time parent to successful business owner. It’s natural to feel some anxiety. What matters is how you deal with it.
Shake off the January Blues
There’s a lot more to changing your career than is in our modest list. You’re going to have to work at it. But, with the right attitude and support, there is no reason that 2017 can’t be your year.