I'd advise other people who are looking for a rewarding career change to consider teaching - especially if you like working with young people, are interested in a subject area or are keen to find a career path with a wide range of opportunities. Teaching always has been and always will be my way of tackling those January blues, and it could be yours too.
A mentor is indispensable in getting you to the next level in your career and enhancing your prospects of success. It is never too late to get a mentor, simply because the road to success has no destination, but a constant journey of development and self-assessment till the day you die. So get one today!
We discussed me leaving work. I'd never thought about it, and being honest, the thought of it terrified me. I tried to get to grips with it - giving up a year of work - but I really, really struggled. I realised how much I've been programmed to expect a life of 'old-school masculinity', desk- and duty-bound.
If there's one thing about which we can be certain, it's that we will all face change - whether in our personal lives, in politics or at work. Change means different things to different people and affects us in ways we don't necessarily anticipate. To manage through and get the most out of change, we all need our own personal tool-kit to help us to not only cope, but to thrive.