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The Great Reshuffle: How to Pivot to or from K-12 or Higher Education

The Great Reshuffle: How to Pivot to or from K-12 or Higher Education to Your Next Opportunity

Are you thinking about the Great Reshuffle heading to or departing from K-12 or higher ed?

Are you joining the great reshuffle and wanting to pivot to or from K-12 or higher education?

Classroom to corporate? Teacher to teacherpreneur? Teacher to trainer? Or maybe it’s the reverse? How do you pivot and use LinkedIn for your reinvention and join the Great Reshuffle?

I joined the Great Reshuffle before it was even known by this term. Not only have I already reinvented myself six times, but I am still evolving with the business acumen I have gained. I’ve been in several corporate industries, earning two administrative and seven teaching K-12 education certifications, and setting up a 501(c)3 nonprofit and building a board from scratch. 

After all of the career pivots I have made, I know what I like and what I don’t like. Yet, I am still seeking to check off more items on my bucket list, including higher education. 

Lately, I have been having many conversations with clients and attendees at my workshops. They want to leave K-12 or higher ed and head to corporate or start a business. Others want to leave corporate or the military and head into the world of education. 

With all the pondering about reshuffling, I thought I would share some general tips with a few basics just to get you started (though there are many other resources). I also wanted to share some LinkedIn tips.

Resources to Go into K-12
Resources to Go into Higher Ed
Resources for Nonprofits
Resources to Start a Business
Resources to Go into Corporate
  • Best tip > NETWORKING!
  •  Job boards like Indeed, Monster, Simply Hired, etc.
  • LinkedIn Jobs, but you need your profile in order before you apply
LinkedIn Tips

Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side, and sometimes it is not. Write out your pros and cons for making a move and evaluate your benefits, pensions, salary, vacation time, and more. 

If you are going to start a business, it may take 3-4 years to build the business and 7-10 to make it a real success. I started my business in 1994 but changed the offerings in 2013 and had it as a side gig while I worked a W-2 job until 2017. 

Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best. If you need a resume or LinkedIn profile to get you to your next step, book a call to chat!


Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of and runs a Clubhouse session every Friday at 11 AM ET on the Thought Leadership Branding Club

Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.

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