You didn’t enter teaching to endlessly burn the candle at both ends, to lose your sense of self, or to erode your professional respect.

You chose this path because you’re passionate about making a genuine difference. But there’s a world of careers out there where you can still make an impact, attain work-life balance, and regain your professional dignity. Welcome to your journey of discovery; if you found me, your teacher career transition coach,  it’s time to discover What’s Next for you together.

A little real talk…

The teaching profession is broken.

With extreme teacher shortages, excessive workloads, debilitating stress, and untenable working conditions, teachers like you come to me for help transitioning into a new way to spend your working life in a way that feels good, with work-life balance, respect, and pathways for upward mobility and career growth.

I work with teachers and former teachers one-on-one on the writing, speaking, and interview skills you need to move transition out of the classroom and into a new career. As a teacher career transition coach, I focus on your specific strengths and challenges and help chart a path for you into your next professional chapter.

I’m also trained in Compassionate Communication and can help you surmount the emotional hurdles you’ll face leaving the classroom.

Teachers who work with me have expressed that they are:

Unsure of where to start and unclear on what’s out there for them

Afraid they can’t find a job with their degree

Feeling boxed in and pigeon-holed after so many years in the classroom

Confused about what transferable skills they have and how to “un-teacher” their resume and applications

One-on-On Career Coaching

This is one-on-one, live coaching with Julie, helping you to navigate the identity issues that come from pivoting in your career, struggles with getting started on your job search, and more.

Job Application Materials

I work on cover letters, resumes, and other job application documents. I provide edits until the documents are ready for submission.

Application & Interview Preparation

I walk you through an application you provide and highlight the underlying principles you need to demonstrate in the application. I also provide interview preparation that involves discerning the kinds of questions you’ll be asked, and much more!

Negotiation Assistance

You made it! You got the job offer. In this work, I assist you in evaluating the offer, clarifying your requests, crafting communications both verbal and via e-mail, interpreting responses, and determining how hard to push or to accept the offer.

Have questions? I’m here to answer them.

I care about each and every client that I work with. Helping you achieve your career goals is important to me. 

 

What is coaching? How does it work?

Coaching is an interactive and iterative process designed to target the areas where you need to see tangible, visible changes in performance—in this case as a candidate for jobs beyond the classroom. I help my clients achieve their goals through conversations and assignments designed to shift your thinking, your perceptions,  and the behaviors that actualize your potential and bring about a better quality of life for you.

In general, I work to help you clarify your goals (even if you feel totally lost and stuck and don’t know where to begin), pinpoint what is getting in your way, and target those areas that we would need to address in order to bring about the changes you want to see in your professional life. Perhaps surprisingly, my clients often approach me with particular objectives and leave with an even more expansive view of themselves and their potential. 

How much does career coaching cost with you?

My one-on-one career coaching is separate from the services listed on my services page. One-on-one, live coaching with me is separate from my resume, cover letter, and job application help (although they can and should be a part of career coaching with me).

My coaching is designed to help you to navigate the identity issues that come from pivoting in your career, dealing with Imposter Syndrome, struggles with getting started on your job search, helping you locate open job opportunities that align with your interests and goals, clarifying the transferable skills you have and “un-teachering” yourself as a job candidate, or any other issues you’re facing. My coaching is available through a live coaching session or a 5-email exchange consult. The rate for either format is $400. 

What are the rules for working with you?

To manage the demand for my services and the client load that comes with so many educators leaving the profession, I have some non-negotiable policies:  

1) Plan ahead for deadlines. While I would love to help everyone on a quick turnaround basis, the fact is, I must have advance notice (at least 48 hours) of all deadlines. My rush fee (any request that you’d like me to address in less than 48 hours) is $100 on top of the fee for that service listed on the services page. 

2) I work with Google Drive only so that all edits are retained and for version control.

3) Clients must make demonstrable and clear attempts at applying my advice and edits in any back-and-forth document editing. Although I will provide you with templates I’ve created, work we do together must ultimately be your work.

How far in advance should I book with you?

I’m typically booked out 3 weeks in advance. If you wish to work together, please let me know as soon as possible.

How fast do you turn things around to me?

My maximum turnaround time is 4 business days. I typically return documents within 48 hours. 

Do you work with people who aren’t educators?

Yes. I have experience in a number of industries and have 5 years of experience teaching business and technical writing wherein I taught the fundamentals of resume and cover letter writing at the college level across all industries. 

Do you guarantee that I will secure the job I am pursuing?

As your coach, I can guarantee I will engage all of my skills, knowledge, experience and industry contacts to help you to the maximum of my ability. Not every client that works with me gets the job they’re aiming for. However, they do gain a marked improvement in clarity, direction, confidence, and market knowledge. My clients’ documents and self-presentation as strong candidates for jobs beyond teaching are vastly improved without question.

Do you offer discounts?

I am committed to supporting the advancement of Black and Indigenous women and do offer financial support for these communities in an effort to counter racism and white privilege.

About Julie

Julie Warner, Ed.D., left the classroom a decade ago — close enough that she can still vividly remember her first few rocky years with their emotional and logistical landmines, but long enough to have had a career since then that includes obtaining a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, stints in the U.S. Senate and the White House, and the U.S. Department of Education’s internal think tank. She now works as a data scientist for a global organization and is a freelance author

Julie knows the education space inside and out: she’s a National Board Certified Teacher and has published a book on teaching teens with smartphones, co-edited a book on teaching with technology, and most recently, a book on mistakes and failures in the classroom. She’s also published several recent articles on classroom teaching for professional journals for teachers, and is a journalist for Course Hero’s Faculty Club, one of the top 250 sites on the web. 

The skills and experience teachers have are the same skills that are called upon in every career path outside the classroom. I’ll help you understand how. 

Testimonials

My boss says she will only hire teachers from now on because we work our butts off and can work effectively with our customers better than non-teachers, so I feel respected and valued. They also pay better than 20 years in the school system — for an ENTRY LEVEL JOB. And it’s a flex job, so I can come and go as I please – as long as I get the job done – so I’m actually able to go to the gym midday — or acupuncture — or have lunch with friends. My mind is blown. Granted, teaching made me a better person, so I’m thankful for those years, but I’m also like, “what was I DOING?” The whole martyr work thing no longer serves me

Former High School Teacher

I can’t believe I wasn’t getting lunch or bathroom breaks. Literally, I was having to wait three classes in a row and then sprint to the restroom. I ate my lunch walking to lunch duty. After a while, you just come to accept that stuff. I can’t believe I let myself be exploited…thank you for the work you did to help me shift my mindset. That was the biggest thing. I just couldn’t see beyond my day-to-day existence and I didn’t understand how much more fulfilled I could be elsewhere when I loved teaching middle school so much.

Former Middle School Teacher

I hate writing resumes and I never understood what actually made a good cover letter. THANK YOU for breaking it down into chunks to make it painless and helping me see the actual point of these documents. I think that was what helped me get unstuck because I was overwhelmed and I just didn’t understand how to see my application from a hiring manager’s P.O.V. You are also the sweetest and so funny which made doing something I dreaded so much more pleasant!

Former Elementary School Teacher

The Shop

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Pre-populated Resumes with Teacher Skills

Want to DIY your teacher-to-industry resume but you’re stuck trying to translate your teaching skills for different jobs you’d like to apply for? Fear not, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and created resumes for 30 of the top industries for transitioning teachers. I even wrote the resume bullets for you, drawing on the top keywords and skills from each industry aligned with the teachers’ typical skillset and experience. Just tweak and personalize and you’re well on your way to your next career.

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Pre-populated Resume Bundles

Diversify your job search with our exclusive resume template bundles. Tailored for educators branching out, each bundle provides five distinct templates targeting roles like instructional designer, curriculum specialist, corporate trainer, and more. Our bundles are a must if you are applying to multiple roles. Invest in versatility and increase your chances of landing your dream role.

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You are not alone. Each episode, I bring you my best content on how to leave teaching for a career that supports your best life.

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