I started a mastersí in accounting program my last semester teaching. In May I began applying for jobs. The strategy I had was to apply for entry level accounting positions that paid the same or better. If I didnít get any of those, the plan was to take a less prestigious AP position and use that as leverage to get a full-fledged accounting job.
But, thankfully I landed a position that pays higher than I was making teaching, and I was able to immediately start that job once the semester was over.
A year and a half later Iíve received 2 raises, a promotion, and Iím finished with the degree. I work 40 hours, 2 days from home per week, and I have so much more free time.
I think most professions outside of teaching can recognize someone that works hard and is a good team player. Those are the skills I emphasized when I interviewed, and my current employer had zero issues with the fact that I didnít have an accounting background, and they didnít care if I kept with my higher education. I personally just wanted that extra piece of paper so that down the line I can manage and earn more.
Iím not saying accounting is the answer for all who are thinking of leaving: itís just another option that isnít retail or sales. I know others who have gone into HR, project management, IT, etc. Thereís no risk in applying for those jobs when you feel like youíre unqualified. The worst thing that can happen is that you wonít get it.