How to Navigate the Early Stages of Transitioning from K–12 to the Private Sector

Nadia Williams is a member of the District Partnerships team at Goalbook. Before joining Goalbook, she was a teacher, digital transformation coach, and digital learning coordinator for a district in Georgia. In this Q&A, Nadia provides an inside look into the journey that led her from teaching to the private sector and her recommendations for educators who want to make the switch.
Nadia teaching a class

I knew that some aspects of sales would be challenging to learn and was excited to develop a new set of skills to continue my professional growth. Working in sales has undoubtedly provided me with an opportunity to learn new skills and grow professionally.

Nadia enjoying dinner with her Goalbook teammates during Spring Celebration Week

I think educators should recognize their superpowers! Educators develop impressive skills around time management, the ability to shift and respond to the needs of many personalities, the ability to communicate ideas to a wide variety of learning styles, and more.

Nadia and her mom hanging out with 98 Degrees
  1. Acknowledge that whatever feelings you’re feeling are okay. You can feel pulled in many directions as you start thinking about this, so give yourself grace as you work through the process.
  2. Work to build a clearer vision of what you want. Take the time to write down the types of things you want in your career and the things you don’t want. Write down how you want your career to be integrated into your life. Doing this may lead you to different but more accurate or fulfilling realizations than you thought.
  3. Tap into your network. If you decide that transitioning to the private sector is genuinely what is best for you, start asking your former colleagues who have made the transition about their experiences. Start talking to other friends and family members about what they do professionally and what those jobs are like. Take note of the things that interest you and support the vision you established in step two.
  4. Research the roles that interest you most. Learn more about the roles you’re considering, talk to people who have these roles, and learn what the lingo means in job descriptions and role responsibilities.
  5. List out how your past experience and skills can help you transition into the new role successfully. Understanding this and articulating it is equally important for you and the companies you interview with.
  6. Start looking for a position that interests you!



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