Discovering God’s Plan & Purpose

Is there life after teaching?

Life after teachingSo is there life after teaching? I want to devote this blog to a profession that is in crisis in the UK

Teaching – one of the noblest professions

Similar to Martians and little green men, the question “Is there life after teaching?” is a hot topic in many school staff rooms. Recently I’ve met many teachers who all seem to be saying much the same thing – I want out! In fact, according to the Telegraph (Oct 2015) more than half are considering leaving the profession in the next two years, which is a tragic situation.

Teaching is one of the noblest, most affirming and life-giving careers that it is possible to find. It is a calling that can draw out the treasured potential from the depth of a person and change the course of history:

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out – Proverbs 20:5

So, if you are a teacher, I salute you and pray that God would renew, refresh and reinvigorate your calling during 2016.

Not necessarily a job for life

However, not all of us are called to remain in the same profession for a lifetime and if the prospect of continuing in teaching for another year fills you with dread then it may be just the time to consider a career change.

Here are a few ideas to help you transfer the wealth of experience gained through teaching into a complementary but different career. Is there life after teaching? Most definitely!

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Empty Success Syndrome

Man on a mountain

What’s the solution for Empty Success Syndrome? You have a great career but the dissatisfaction still remains.

I’m guessing that most of us want to feel passionate about what we do for a career and to be able to say that in some small way what we do contributes to the greater good. Harold Whitman said:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

There’s no doubt that we all come alive when we’re doing what ticks our box: an engineering job instead of Y, chefing in a restaurant instead of Z. However, after experiencing some less-than-successful business ventures over the years I’ve finally begun to realise that I have been asking the wrong question. Instead of trying to understand what I’m supposed to be doing with my life I have learned the need to recognise who I’m supposed to be. As a consequence of grasping this, I have begun to recognise what I’m to do with my life and, more importantly, how to achieve it.

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If you want career change, first, tell me you career vision!

Are you praying and searching high and low for that perfect job, but are not sure how to get out of your not-so-perfect job? I might just have an answer for your career vision issues.

Career Change

Let me share a secret with you. For years I had a punch bag with the face of Confucius and his gloating lines pinned below, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life again”. Well, good for you, Confucius, that you made your successful career change, but your clichés won’t help the many people stuck in a rut and stuck in the wrong job.

Finding your ideal job probably won’t happen overnight, but here are three important steps to help you:

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Discovering your dream job

Discovering your dream job

In this blog you will find out how to hear from God & discover your dream job

What is your dream job? Are you fortunate enough to find yourself in it or do are miles from where you want to be? It’s possible that you’re like the majority of us out there who don’t really know what interests them enough to pursue a specific career.

Even if we do know the nature of our dream job, our deeply held desires can become a far off memory as the pressures of life take over. It’s so important for us to hang on to our dreams because the bible tells us that these deeply held desires have been placed in us by God Himself.

Psalm 37:4      Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

A common reason for giving up on our dreams are negative words that have been spoken to us, especially when we were young. I remember sitting at my desk in primary school with my form teacher waving my homework in the air, declaring to my class something that would remain with me for a long time: Read the full article