Teachers in Transition

Teachers in Transition

"Teachers in Transition" offers advice, counsel, and information about teacher burnout, stress, and management strategies for teachers (or anyone feeling stressed and overwhelmed) along with career advice for those who want to leave the teaching profession. Dr. Kitty Boitnott, NBCT, RScP, has been working with burnt-out teachers as a Heart-Centered Career Transition and Job Search Coach since 2013. In 2016, she was named one of the top 25 Career Coaching Online by CareerToolkit.com. In addition to helping with career transition and job search strategies, Kitty is a Life Strategies, Stress Management, Holistic Life, and Sleep Science Coach. She is also a licensed Science of Mind Minister. Find more about Kitty at https://teachersintransition.com. #careersforteachers #teachersintransition #careerchange #jobsearchforteachers #jobsearch #jobhuntingtips #careertransition

Episodes

September 28, 2022 9 min

When job hunting, it's important that you use your network of friends, family, and perhaps even your colleagues to help you uncover possible opportunities that you wouldn't otherwise know about. 

In this week's episode, Kitty shares a couple of anecdotal examples of real people who found new jobs by sharing that they were looking for a new opportunity with their network.

You can also use your LinkedIn network, so it's...

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I am embarrassed that the last podcast I offered was on June 9, 2022, and here it is, the middle of September. I apologize to any of my "faithful listeners" who have been waiting for me to offer something new.

As I explain in this week's episode, the problem with my absence boils down to falling out of my routine.

On June 10, I lost my iPhone. About that same time, I got locked out of my Macbook Pro. I also dropped and br...

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This week, Kitty talks about the importance of preparing for an interview whether it is a telephone screening call, a virtual, remote interview by Skype or Zoom, etc., or in person.

She stresses the importance of preparing by doing research on the company and understanding as much as possible about the company, its mission and vision, its culture, and the role you would be playing if you got the job.

Learn what you need to do to prep...

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In this week's episode, Kitty shares statistics from a recent survey conducted by AdoptaClassroom.org. You can check out the survey results in the article entitled "The State of Teaching 2022."

If the stress of teaching this year and dealing with the lack of resources and support has forced you to think about making a career change, reach out to Kitty at https://teachersintransition.com/calendar for a complimentary Disco...

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As the school year winds down, Kitty talks about how teachers who made it through the year may want to consider their options for next year. She is rolling out a new Membership option for accessing her "Jumpstart Your Job Search Program" that is available in the DIY version for as little as $27 a month.

Listen to Kitty explain the difference between the membership plan and the ownership plan.

And if you would like to hear her...

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In this week's episode, Kitty acknowledges teachers who are winding down the 2021-22 school year. Those who have stuck it out should give themselves a pat on the back because not everyone did.

During these stressful last weeks of the school year, Kitty offers that a little bit of chocolate may go a long way in boosting lagging energy, not to mention morale. It's a known fact that chocolate directly affects dopamine levels. R...

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In this week's episode, Kitty offers the importance of listening to one's intuition--their gut--as one pays attention to how potential employers handle their questions or provide information. She tells a real-life story that serves as a cautionary tale about why paying attention and asking the right questions can save a potential job hunter a world of pain and heartache.

If you have questions or want to submit topics to Kitt...

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Stress is at an all-time high in this country, and for many good reasons. Inflation is on the rise, student debt is back on the table, racial strife abounds and gun violence is an ever-present danger in too many of our cities and suburbs.

The thing is you can't let it get the best of you. So, use strategies to help you get a handle on it before it makes you sick.

In this week's episode on stress management, Kitty offers an a...

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Too many people live their lives feeling like something is missing. If that sounds like you, perhaps what is missing is a sense of purpose and a lack of passion for your work. In this episode, Kitty talks about the place where purpose and passion can help you find great job satisfaction as well as help you manage your stress more effectively.

Kitty also promoted a free webinar workshop that is coming up next Thursday, May 5, 2022, a...

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This week's topic is stress and how to manage stress during some of the most stressful times teachers have ever experienced. In addition to what is going on in their classroom, teachers have to deal with angry parents who are banning books and censoring what teachers can and cannot say. And add to all that, a war is going on that keeps most of us riveted to the horrifying images that words cannot describe.

Kitty struggles to fi...

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Link to The American Institute of Stress:  https://www.stress.org/

Calendar link:  https://teachersintransition.com/calendar.

The Rosch Stress Profiler - $19.95 

Stress Mastery Quiz - $19.95


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In this week's episode, Kitty talks about an upcoming webinar workshop (March 24, 2022, at 7:00 PM EST) on the topic of the "3 Secrets of EVERY Job Search." To register for the free event, click on this link:  https://event.webinarjam.com/register/46/5724ka3x.

Kitty suggests that the biggest challenge most job seekers face and the first "secret" of hunting for a job is knowing what you want to do next. And that p...

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This week, Kitty interviews Virginia teacher and yoga therapist Lisa Haskins. Lisa has been a teacher in the Alexandria City schools for over 20 years and a yoga practitioner for over 30 years. 

Lisa has training as an Advanced Teacher of therapeutic yoga through the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga. She has also studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center of Mindfulness.

She is a certified Positive Psychology trainer ...

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In this week's episode, Kitty distinguishes hard skills and soft skills and talks about what they are and how they are different. She also recommends that if you are undertaking a job search, start keeping an inventory of all your skills and distinguish between hard and soft skills for use in your resume. Hard skills are those things that you KNOW and can DO. Soft skills are the people skills that, frankly, many employers consi...

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In this week's episode of "Teachers in Transition," Kitty talks about an article she found that might help reframe how stressed teachers think about managing their stress more proactively and effectively. She is using an article by Amber Osuba at Everfi.com. The article's title is "Stress Management for Teachers:  16 Activities to Reduce Teachers' Stress," and can be found at  https://everfi.com/blog/k-1...

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If you are sitting on the fence trying to decide if it's time to stay or go from your teaching career, it might help if you explored what exactly is holding you back? What are you really afraid of? And might it be possible for you to start a preliminary job search without committing one way or the other so you know what you're getting into before you commit to quitting your current job?

You may also want to take an inventory...

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