Career Coaching for Teachers Leaving the Classroom

90-Minute Holistic Strategy Session

For Teachers Ready to Pivot

Teaching equipped you with a unique skill set. Now it’s time to leverage it in new, fulfilling ways.

Join us for a focused, 90-minute strategy session designed exclusively for teachers contemplating a career change. This session aims to take the guesswork out of the transition, giving you a clear path forward, grounded in your strengths and preferences.

Session Highlights

  • Skill and Interest Analysis: We start from scratch, working closely to identify jobs that align with your capabilities and interests, paving a way toward a role that fits you perfectly.
  • Application Strategy: Develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle the job market, enhancing your approach to job applications with targeted tips and insights.
  • Resume Building: Create a resume not just polished and professional, but strategically tailored to the jobs you are pursuing, showcasing your strengths effectively.
  • Custom Interview Guide: Arm yourself with a bespoke interview guide, crafted to help you navigate interviews with confidence and ease.

Why This Session?

  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from personalized guidance that considers your individual journey, steering you towards a path lined with opportunities that resonate with you.
  • Practical Tools: Equip yourself with practical tools and resources, readying you to take decisive steps in your career transition.
  • Confidence Boost: Approach the job market and interviews with a newfound confidence, anchored in a solid strategy and preparation.

Ready to carve out a new path with informed strategies and a rejuvenated resume? Book your session today.

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.

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How do I know if working with a career transition coach for teachers is right for me?

If you’ve ever wanted a better work-life balance, greater respect, and a pathway for upward mobility and career growth, than you are in the right place!

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. 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.

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.

My Approach

My approach to coaching stems from my experience and education as a teacher — scaffolding learning so that you’re challenged to think and act in new ways, but never feel overwhelmed. It’s important to me to make sure you don’t feel lost or in over your head when you’re working with me. 

I also coach with empathy and humor. We all have blind spots and I strive to shine a light on what you can’t see and challenge you to break old patterns so you stop standing in the way of what you want. That’s hard work, and I think it’s important to treat you with warmth and compassion while you’re overcoming the emotional hurdles that come along with changing careers. 

How It Works

Schedule a Free 1:1

I would love to chat with you! Get in touch to schedule a free consultation to see what service(s) would best help you achieve your goals.

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Choose a Service or Coaching Plan

Whether you take your time to go through the site and learn more about the services What’s Next Teacher provides or you gain more clarity on a call, my aim is to help you succeed in the next path ahead.

Reach Your Goals

I am passionate about showing teachers that there are so many more possibilities for a career outside of the classroom with your existing skills and experience. If you have wondered if you could achieve far-fetched goals, I am here to help you get there because you can!

Pricing

Resumes and Cover Letters

I work on cover letters, resumes, and other job application documents. One document is one hour of work. Up to four edit drafts are included in the one hour of work, and each document typically takes a week.

More Details

I provide edits until the documents are ready for submission. My rate is $180/hour. Once we decide on the hours you need, we set a due date, I invoice you, and payment of the invoice holds the spot. 

Application Help

I walk you through an application you provide that is of interest to you and help you understand the underlying principles you need to demonstrate in your application. 

More Details

In most cases, this involves translating teaching skills into a skillset that matches the job posting in a compelling way. An application will take 1 hour. This work is also $180/hour. This work is separate from editing cover letters and resumes.

Interview Preparation

I provide interview preparation that involves discerning the kinds of questions you’ll be asked in the interview, developing an elevator pitch to succinctly express your experience and professional goals, clarifying your selling points as a candidate and expressing clearly why you want the job, using body language to convey confidence, and strong questions to ask your interviewer.

More Details

This work will take 1 hour consisting of 2 30-minute blocks. The first block consists of the preparation elements, and the second will be interview practice with me with my feedback. This work is also $180/hour.

 

Negotiation Assistance

Since negotiation is back and forth communication, with this work I am “on call” and provide quick turnaround responses required by most negotiations.

More Details

Negotiation assistance will take 1 hour and this work is also $180/hour.

Retainer Fee for Ongoing Consultation

Once you have worked with me on any of the above, I will work with you on a retainer fee to answer up to 5 emails a month on job search-related questions.

More Details

The cost for the Retainer Fee is $125 for up to 5 e-mails per month. The Retainer Fee covers smaller questions like “who should I include as references?” or  and not major career consultations (for that, see below). 

One-on-One Career Coaching

My one-on-one career coaching is separate from the services listed here. This is one-on-one, live coaching with me, helping 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.

More Details

My coaching is available through a live coaching session or a 5-email exchange consult. The rate for either format is $400.

Other Services

Book Proposal Editing and Consulting

I show you how to organize a book proposal to include all the required elements and to find the right publication route to pitch to.

More Details

The standard 6-8 page book proposal is 3 hours, and the cost is $210/hour. This fee includes my pitch letter template created from my two successful book proposals for books published by major publishing houses. 

 

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