5 Ways to Get a Jump Start on your New Career During Summer Break

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Every teacher looks forward to summer break. It’s the only time you can truly relax and unwind from the chaos of the past school year. By August you may start to wake up with feelings of dread about another long year ahead. This year, these feelings of dread are compounded by the uncertainty of how the Coronavirus will shape the school year.

Lucky for you, you may still have a few weeks left to get started on your new career path! Most of these steps take less than a few hours, so don’t worry, we won’t cut into your summertime routine too much.

1. Reach out and join our Facebook group discussions

Connecting with other teachers can help give you a sense of direction of where to start on your new career path as well as provide moral support. If you have any questions or suggestions for future career spotlights, we would love to hear from you.

2. Browse online for the dream job

Browse google, linked in, and indeed for job descriptions related to your desired field to identify keywords and descriptive verbs to add to your resume (see number 4). These job postings can also help you better understand what areas you already have skills and experience in and which areas in which you may need to build up your resume. 

3. Take an online course

You can take a community college course related to your new field, get started on prerequisites, or jump right into an advanced degree. You can often find free basic courses on Pinterest if you’re not quite ready to make a big financial investment. 

4. Update your resume

Maybe it’s been a few years since you’ve updated your resume after you landed your first teaching job. Make sure you add all relevant projects and remove some teaching fluff. Include descriptive verbs and keywords from the job description you found in number 2. For example, take a look at a few points from the job description for an Entry-Level Events and Promotions Assistant at Fortuna Chicago: 

  • Coordinate all promotional activities and events
  • Leverage existing consumer relationships and cultivate new business contacts
  • Work with other departments to help promote brand recognition

The verbs coordinate, leverage, cultivate,  and work can easily be worked into a teaching resume with the following example bullets: 

  • Coordinated after-school activities for grade levels 1-3
  • Leveraged my creativity and prior student teaching experience to engage at-risk students
  • Cultivated positive relationships with parents and guardians during parent-teacher conferences
  • Worked with other teachers in the History Department to determine the curriculum for AP US History course

5. Go to a job fair

Networking is key! Talk to prospective employers to get an idea of the type of candidate they are looking for. Sometimes you just need to talk to the right person to land an interview. Job fairs can be found at local colleges and universities or websites such as eventbrite.com. You can even attend a virtual job fair making it convenient and safe to find your new career.

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