What Are Your Transferable Skills? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions To Find Out…

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Hello, Wonderful Expat Teacher!

You’re a caring and independent person who became a teacher with a desire to change lives. Those who know you see your passion for your pupils shine as you follow your desire for helping others. However, lately, you’ve lost sight of your spark and doubt you’re making a difference. As much as you love your students, teaching is just too draining.  It is no longer the fulfilling career that it used to be. You're so stressed and exhausted because of all the other nonsense that's going on… The extreme pressure. The ridiculous paperwork. The lack of professional trust. The micromanagement. The long days. The lack of freedom to take breaks when you need to pee.

You may be reading this article because Covid gave you a taste of working from home and you want to explore careers where you are able to control your own time, your own schedule, and your own holidays.  You realise you want a career with more freedom, fulfilment and flexibility than teaching. A career where you don’t get annoyed when your alarm clock goes off in the morning. A career where you don’t spend most of your time stressing about the “next day.”

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to help you gain more clarity on what transferable skills you have to bring to a new teaching role or a new career. Before we begin, I just want to clarify between a strength/ natural aptitude and a skill, as you will most likely be listing both of these:

A strength/ natural aptitude is what comes naturally to you, due to nature and/or nuture.

A skill is something you can develop and improve with practice.

I recommend you find a quiet and cosy place and use your journal to write as much as you can for each question. It may be helpful for you to reflect back on a specific working day or week, thinking from when you first arrived to work until the end of the day, to make sure you don't miss anything out!


1. What do you really enjoy in your teaching job? Which tasks? Which roles and responsibilities? Which aspects? Why do you enjoy them? What skill or strength are you using?

2. What do others say that you are really good at? What is praised in your lesson observations and feedback? What do colleagues ask for you help with?

3. In life and career, what comes easily to you? What can you do without any effort that others can't?

Let me know in the Comments below what came up for you when you answered these questions- any a-ha moments or revelations!

My name is Sorcha and I've taught in Qatar and Dubai for 10+ years. In October 2021, I left teaching and became a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, an Expat Career & Money Strategist, and a Highlands Ability Battery Certified Consultant.

As the founder of Empowering Expat Teachers in 2017, I have helped 100s of teachers find great teaching jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, etc. and now I am helping teachers successfully leave the classroom!

Follow me on IG here @sorchacoyle_eet for daily career change mindset and CV tips and weekly mini-trainings!


P.S. If you would like more help and support with alternate career exploration, I've got just the thing for you!

Join me live on the online "Beyond the Classroom: 9 New Careers in 90 Minutes" Workshop on Monday 5th December, 7pm-8.30pm UAE time and by the end of this live 90-minute workshop, I’ll help you… 

  • be aware of your teaching strengths, skills and passions
  • learn what alternative job options are out there for you (based on your transferable skills)
  • start researching these 9 new careers with some useful resources… all in 90 minutes!

Here are some of the past attendees' win after our workshop:

Lady Z, an expat teacher in Dubai

Before our workshop, she felt drained, tired, exhausted, overworked, undervalued, and dissatisfied with the profession. During the workshop, she experienced many moments that re-affirmed how her skills could be translated into career options. In her feedback form, she stated, "It has given me SO much food for thought! I now know things I can look into and take tiny next steps. It's opened my eyes to the world beyond teaching! You're a superstar! THANK YOU so much!! Will you be running this workshop again? I'd definitely recommend it to colleagues and friends."


It's currently on a limited time offer of $37 (135 AED/ QAR) until Saturday 26th November and then it goes up to its RRP of $47 (172 AED/ 172 QAR). Click below to enrol!

Yes, I am in!


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