Goodness gracious, what a testimonial from a former teacher client, Kaysee Carrere!
Thank you for inspiring so many transitioning teachers and for openly sharing what’s possible.
Your success story is one for the books!💮
“Almost two months ago, I started a new career as a corporate instructional designer. My life now looks far different than it did last year, so here’s the top 5 ways my life has changed since transitioning from education to instructional design:
1. Work-Life Balance: I arrive at the office at 7:30 and leave at 4:30, and I never have to think about work outside of those hours. No more peering at the TV over my laptop screen in the evenings because I couldn’t leave work at work!
2. Management: My team lead and supervisor never micro-manage me. I might offer a list of the tasks I’ve completed during the day just because I like to have reassurance that I’m making progress, but they never breathe down my neck or harass me. I can go to the bathroom when I need to, take a walk around campus when I need to, etc. And my team lead is always asking how I like to be supported, managed, critiqued, and praised. His goal is to match my style and my needs, not to force me to conform.
3. Finances: My salary has nearly doubled since leaving education. I have a financial advisor now and am on track to pay off debt and move to a better home in the coming months. I have money to go out on the weekends, grab a bite with friends, and save for emergencies and vacations.
4. Mental Health: Working in education used to be a massive strain on my mental state. From dealing with the behavior of students, parents, admin, and even coworkers to worrying about finances and lack of work-life balance, and overall, feeling disrespected and unappreciated, education was sucking the life out of me. All of that has changed. I rarely feel stressed, and I never have to worry about coworkers being unkind. We get along quite well…in fact, we regularly roll our chairs into the aisle of our cubicles for a short break to discuss hot celebrity gossip! Lol…And my company coordinates fun team events to help us bond and build morale.
5. Pride: I’m going to be frank...in education, I often felt like a failure. Like no matter how hard I worked, how much time and effort and money I put into it, I was never going to be truly successful and stable. Now, I’m proud of myself for having the guts and grit to make this change. It truly is a leap of faith, but I’m glad I did it because I’m proud of my career now, and I feel like the things I do in this building every day are building blocks for the future I’ve always wanted but could never achieve in education.
If you’re thinking about leaving education, I’ll warn you, it’s scary, but on the other side of that fear is a whole new life. So as they say at Nike, ‘Just do it!’😉”