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How do I find my Ideal Career?

Identify your Skillset

Before you go searching for hours on end on the job websites – you absolutely need to do some personal reflection work first. The first requirement is to thoroughly recognise your skillset.

What are you good at? Which activities give you energy and excitement when you get involved in them? In which situations do you perform well? This signifies that they are associated with your strengths.

In 1-1 career coaching we identify together are my client’s personal strengths in the b…

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What are some Alternative Careers for Teachers

What are some Alternative Careers for Teachers?

If you told me 5 years ago that I was going to become a Career Coach - I would have thought you were crazy!!!!

From Teacher to Career Coach: A Little about my Story

In 2014, I took my first year-long career break to travel to the USA and South America. The previous school year had been tough for me – challenging classroom behaviour and my expectations of myself were high, paperwork, corrections and colourful displays, spending evenings and weekends on school stuff – early mornings and late evening…

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Realise that you are not a tree You can MOVE!

Realise that you are not a tree - You can MOVE!

Ciara Mc Guane, Rahoo

I am absolutely thrilled to have Ciara Mc Guane from Rahoo to guest blog on this week’s teacher career change story. For anyone outside of the world of teaching or from outside Ireland, Ciara runs a highly successful teacher professional development company who run summer courses, personal interest courses, online and face-to face courses.  Rahoo was established only a few years ago in 2017 and has since gone from strength to strength.

This is her journey. Many thanks Ciara f…

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5 Reasons Newly Qualified Teachers are the Best!

5 Reasons Newly Qualified Teachers are the Best!

I have massive respect for newly trained teachers! Entering the classroom and the staff-room as a new teacher is no easy feat! It’s quite overwhelming for the first few months indeed.

I usually end up sitting beside them in the staff-room because I feel we have something in common. As a substitute teacher and NQT… you feel a bit of an outsider. It takes time to settle into a staff. It’s only natural but it is hard to enter into some conversations when everyone else knows one another for the last …

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Trust your gut, do your sums and make a plan

Trust your gut, do your sums and make a plan

This week’s career change guest blog is from Ciara Bruton who is a Holistic Life & Business Coach. Ciara spent 7 years working as a Primary School teacher and has fully transitioned into her dream role as a coach. Ciara helps new, holistic practitioners in Ireland to get their business and website up and running without the overwhelm. She tells us her incredible journey about trusting her gut and making the leap towards a new career path. Here is her story.

The Transition

In 2017, I quit my “perma…

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

“Step Outside Your Comfort Zone”

The first in the series of five blog posts about teacher and career change is a fantastic story from teacher to meal-planner and it comes from Claire Gillies based in the UK. Claire shares her story about career change from Primary School Teacher to business owner: Claire has just launched her own meal-planning business called Delicious and Real.

Claire’s Background as a Teacher

Claire explains that she was a full time teacher before having her first child – and while she loved being in the classr…

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Teachers: The Ultimate Guide to Selling Yourself on your Standard Application Form

Over the last few years, I’ve been reviewing Standard Application Forms for hundreds of teachers. You guys are the most dedicated, caring and organised bunch, I’m so lucky to have met so many wonderful teachers over the last few years. We truly have lots of laughs on our calls together. When it comes to preparing for job applications though, there is lots of confusion!

Here are the main themes I’m seeing from working 1:1 with clients.

  •         Too much detail

  •      Not knowing where to begin

  •     Not p…

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Working Together, Schools and Substitute Teachers

We rise by lifting others." Robert Ingersol. It goes without saying, teacher friends, that the life of a teacher can be challenging at times. For full-time teachers with many responsibilities, the pressures of settling into a new school, embracing new initiatives etc there can be a lot to contend with - from dealing with new Covid measures to getting to know a new staff and school.

What About the Experiences of Substitute Teachers?

Recently, I spoke with a number of substitute teachers to get an …

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“I want to change career, who can help me?”

This is a common question I see popping up amongst career changers. They want to change, but they're STUCK.


STUCK in the problem.
STUCK not knowing what to do.
STUCK because their current job gives them financial security and they can't afford to leave.
STUCK because they fear change.
STUCK because they're unsure of who can help them.

Well... I CAN HELP!

‘Unstick’ Yourself
Firstly, unstick yourself from the problem. If you imagine your career discontentment as a dot in the middle of an A4 page.... the…

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Read this if you’re considering play therapy as a career choice

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning”.  Fred Rogers

Play Therapy is a frequent question on the lips and in the minds of teachers who are researching career options these days. Indeed, in the past, many teachers have reached out to play therapists in their area, to investigate it as a career option, and get further clarity to see if it is the right choice for them.

And so, I thought it would be a good idea to share so…

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