Anyone whose been following this blog for a while knows that I have been ITCHING to change careers for a while. There are no salicious details about me hating my co-workers or boss, I just honestly need to do something different. I have worked in the public school system for 10 years and after a while that is “wearing” on the soul. You see I don’t work at one of those schools where everything is perfect and all the kids do what they are supposed to do, but instead I work at a school where there are some …challenges. Not quite the level of “Lean on Me” but certain aspects I could take from their experiences. So at times not only am I dealing with hostile adolescents (think ages 15-19) but also hostile parents, aunts and other community members. So think about doing this for ten years and just like me you would be “ready to go”.
Now all because my school is a little “rough” that does not mean that I can’t handle it–quite the contrary I RUN my space at the school. (Think mean, old school teacher who never smiles.) Fast forward to last week in our faculty meeting I was nominated for Teacher of the Year but I still did not put any thought to it. I was flattered but I work with a lot of GREAT teachers so really any of us could of won the title. So imagine my surprise when my principal came and saw me a couples of days later and told me, “Congratulations!” I thought he found out I had scored an interview at a MAJOR company (more on that later) but no apparently he had emailed me a couple of days before to announce that I was the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. I was floored but ecstatic at the same time. I put in A LOT of work in that building and I was glad to be recognized.
When the “newness” wore off, I realized that in order to “take” this position, I may have to put my dreams of going corporate on hold. YIKES!!! All of this came at the WORST time because on Friday morning I was informed that I had scored a DEFINITE interview at a MAJOR corporation here in Atlanta, GA. So while I am THRILLED to be the Teacher of the Year, I am going to go on this interview and (hopefully) impress the company so much they HIRE me ASAP. You see even though I’m effective as a teacher my time has “come and gone”.
Now last week was crazy productive so let me let you know about another meeting/interview I had with a fellow entrepreneur who owns a company that trains people. She not only gave me solid career advice about HOW to break into the field, but I may (fingers crossed) be working with her this summer to further “hone” my skills to make me even more attractive to Corporate America. She told me how people had doubted her in the beginning of her journey and how my idea seemed pretty reasonable. I literally left my meeting with her not only energized but CONFIDENT that I was doing the right thing by following my dreams.
Whew! I told you last week was hectic! Last but certaintly not least, I was on the internet today when I found this quote and video from Steve Jobs that made me realize that everything that I am doing to “jump start” my new career is so needed! I control my destiny!
I then found this video from Job’s Commencement Speech from Stanford in 2005. It was like he was speaking directly to me!
In the end, I am changing my destiny and I now understand that while I may be scared and not have all the answers NOW..I have FAITH that answers will come! What advice would you give me? Don’t be shy!!