Leaving the teaching profession at 60

I am 60, fit and motivated. I have developed a well-tuned ear for the ways both written and spoken English can influence people respond to new ideas; I understand and can effectively manipulate rhetorical strategies and enjoy writing. For the past 35 years, I have also excelled at encouraging high school students to take pride and ownership in and of their thinking and verbal expression, ultimately pushing them to reach for mastery rather than settle for mediocrity. Observant and artistic, I enjoy hobbies ranging from painting and carving to playing the guitar and violin. Now though I would like to ply my talents in work that is more product oriented, to do rather than teach. I would like to write and edit text for profit. While I have topics and assignments that I am naturally drawn to, my interests are broad and I look forward to exploring new fields. How should I go about marketing myself?

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Elyssa Duncan

If you have spent time in a career and now you’re ready to move on, but you aren’t quite sure what to do next, that’s okay! This is VERY common and you are not alone. :)

The important thing to remember is you don't ever lose the skills, experience, or the education you have gained! You just take those things and transfer them into your next desired role.

Here are some things you can do:

Update Your Profile Be sure to take some time to make an updated list of your keywords and add them to the work experience section of your profile! If you take just a few minutes to fill everything out, this will assist fellow Jobcasers in sending you job opportunities.

You can also follow these steps to find an opportunity in your area:

1. Click on Jobs & Companies at the top of the page, or head over [here] (

2. Enter a job into the search field where it says Job Title, Keywords, or Company.

3. Add in your location by filling in your City and State OR zip code. Then click the magnifying glass to search.

4. Once the list is up, click on “View Job" of any you are interested in and then apply.

Show proof Make sure once you add a skill to your resume that you show how you performed it at your previous job in the experience section. Take a look at the example below: -You have: "Leadership skills." -You prove it: "Excellent leadership skills, demonstrated when I successfully managed a small team of individuals over the course of a three-day event." Don't just tell them what you did but how.

Make a list of your job duties Create a list of your current (if applicable) and recent past job duties that pertain to the new role. Think about what you were responsible for on a daily basis. Which tasks and duties did you perform and also which ones did you fulfill that were outside what you were hired for? Give yourself some time and write it ALL down.

Record your accomplishments Make sure to highlight the results you achieved in your past positions. Particularly when you're changing industries, prospective employers will care more about what you actually accomplished, and less about how you specifically did it. Did your boss recognize you at some point? Did you save a colleague time by helping he or she complete a project? Did you boost sales at your last job? Think of achievements that are both large and small. They ALL matter to your next employer! Bonus points if you have numbers to back it up.

Wishing you the best!

Let me know how else I can help, and keep us posted!

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