Grocery List

Add To Cart In Order To Exit Education 

In order to achieve your goal of exiting education you're going to need a handful of things.

I’ve been coaching talented people to build amazing careers for more than 20 years and I’ve learned what it takes to ensure a smooth ride up the corporate ladder. 

Today, I’m giving you my grocery list of must haves to ensure you can do the same. 

With more than 2,500 direct hires, promotions, and career transition successes achieved with my staff and clients, I am super confident that you can take this list and achieve amazing outcomes, as well. 

I hope you’ll take this information and apply it to your career transition to get what you deserve.



The first thing you need to exit education successfully is confidence.

Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

If you believe you don’t deserve respect, balance, and happiness in your work life then you will never receive it. 

If you believe you deserve all of those things, and much more, you will achieve it.

I know it sounds a bit fluffy, but it’s been my experience in life that your thoughts can make all the difference. 

Positive thoughts can provide physiological and cognitive benefits that reduce stress and increase the levels of hormones that make you feel happy. 

One of the easiest ways to get positive is to move your body, however and whenever you can. 

Exercise leads to positive thinking which leads to feeling confident which leads to being confident!

I believe it was Reese Witherspoon's character ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde who said: 

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” 

So there’s that side benefit, too. 

Move more. 

Feel Confident. 

Be Confident. 



The next thing you need to exit education is clarity. 


The fastest way to frustrate yourself and lose that confidence you’re building is to jump into a job search without first understanding why you’re doing it.


You must ask yourself these questions before updating your resume, or applying for a single job outside of education: 


1/ Why do I feel like leaving education is my only option?

2/ How does this make me feel? 

3/ When did I start feeling this way? 

4/ What was going on at that time? 

5/ What’s changed, if anything? 

6/ What do I like about my current job? 

7/ What would I change about my current job?

8/ What do I need to feel satisfied with my work?

9/ What am I not able to do when I feel bad about my job?

10/ What do I love doing at work that brings me the most energy?

Answering those questions will start you down the path to finding your clarity. 

Your real reasons for wanting out of education. 


These questions will bring up emotions. 


That’s a guarantee. 


Live with those feelings for a while. 


Think about them.


Understand where they’re coming from. 


Then talk them over with a trusted family member, friend, colleague, or coach. 


Doing this will help you fully understand your ‘why’ and makes it so much easier to chart your course forward.


If you don’t know where you’re going, you may end up right where you started.

And that’s not what I want for you. 


You deserve so much more.



The third thing you need to exit education is time. 


Shakespeare said “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”


Many people will tell you to take your time and move at your own pace. 


While that can work for some job seekers who have big savings accounts to live off of, it is not always practical to move slowly when changing careers.


I always say that “Job search is a process.”  


And to sell effectively you need to create positive momentum.  


When you’re feeling confident and working from a place of clarity, it becomes easier to push your pace and create the momentum required to exit education on your timeline.


To get time you have to make time.


Chances are high that you’re currently working a 50-60 hour work week, grading papers at night and building lesson plans on weekends.


So where do you find the time to work on your job search? 


The hard truth is you’re going to have to carve it out at the expense of something else. 


Because if you wait until you ‘have’ time, you’re going to run out of time.  


And before you know it, the next school year will have started and you’re in the same spot you are right now. 


I cannot tell you where to make changes in your daily schedule to make time for your job search. 


I can only encourage you to think beyond what’s right in front of you right now, and look forward 3, 6, 9 months out into your future and decide what you are willing to sacrifice on your calendar today, in order to be out of education tomorrow. 


Just do yourself a favor and commit to never sacrificing your sleep or time to eat.  


You will never gain confidence and maintain clarity if you’re hungry and tired. 


There are many more items to add to this grocery list of things you can do to successfully exit education, but I think it’s best to start with only these 3 items in your cart. 


Thousands of transitioning teachers have already taken these steps and continue to build momentum daily. 


It’s your turn now. 


If you’re serious about leaving education before August 2024 then I encourage you to start building your confidence, gaining deeper clarity, and managing your time with the intention required to exit education on your terms.

I believe in you. 

I appreciate you.  

I encourage you to reach out directly with any questions. 

You are not on this journey alone. 

Let's work together to get you where you deserve to be.

Until next week...








Whenever you're ready, there are 3 ways we can help you:


1. Career Clarity Consultation: Join 600+ teachers who learned how to stop being taken for granted at school and started new careers that provide the respect and balance every educator deserves. Click here to start now.


2. Classroom To Corporate Career Kit: A multi-step system using simple sales strategies and structures to identify, target, engage, and follow-up with your ideal employers to land interviews and job offers.  Join 1,200 of your transitioning peers who have already started here.

3. Resume Rewrite + Cover Letter: If you already have clarity and know exactly who benefits from the work that you love doing - start here.  If you cannot yet articulate who you help, how you do it, and why that’s beneficial to your employer of choice, consider Option 1 or 2 above.