49 episodes

This podcast is for teachers ready to transition out of the classroom and into a new career. Each week, I will share stories about what I have learned moving from education to the corporate world. I will answer the most common questions and share my best tips to help you get started! If you are considering leaving the classroom, this show is for you!
Kristi Oliva is a Learning Program Manager for Worldwide Customer Service Assessment Strategy at Amazon. She drives a global program to design high-quality assessment methods that correlate with performance-based business solutions. A successfully transitioned teacher, Kristi is also a Guest Faculty Member and Mentor for IDOL courses, where she has helped hundreds of professionals enter the instructional design field by providing group mentoring and one-on-one coaching.

Leaving the Classroom: A Teacher Transition Podcast IDOL courses

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

This podcast is for teachers ready to transition out of the classroom and into a new career. Each week, I will share stories about what I have learned moving from education to the corporate world. I will answer the most common questions and share my best tips to help you get started! If you are considering leaving the classroom, this show is for you!
Kristi Oliva is a Learning Program Manager for Worldwide Customer Service Assessment Strategy at Amazon. She drives a global program to design high-quality assessment methods that correlate with performance-based business solutions. A successfully transitioned teacher, Kristi is also a Guest Faculty Member and Mentor for IDOL courses, where she has helped hundreds of professionals enter the instructional design field by providing group mentoring and one-on-one coaching.

    Leaving the Classroom 49: From Classroom to Project Coordinator with Jill Kelly

    Leaving the Classroom 49: From Classroom to Project Coordinator with Jill Kelly

    In this episode of Leaving the Classroom, host Kristi Oliva interviews Jill Kelly, a former teacher turned Project Coordinator.
    Tune in to find out:
    - Jill's 12-year teaching experience and why she decided to leave the classroom- Her journey from teaching to becoming a Sales Development Representative (SDR) at an EdTech company  - What a Project Coordinator does and how her teaching skills transferred to this new role

    • 24 min
    Leaving the Classroom 48: From Classroom to Corporate Jared Speight's Journey into Instructional Design

    Leaving the Classroom 48: From Classroom to Corporate Jared Speight's Journey into Instructional Design

    In this episode of Leaving the Classroom, former teacher Jared Speight shares his journey transitioning from teaching to instructional design. 
     
    Tune in to hear:
     
    Jared's story of transitioning from 14 years in the classroom to an instructional design role due to burnout from COVID. 
    Strategies for building an instructional design portfolio through groups, challenges, and independent projects.
    Insights on transferring teaching skills like curiosity, delivering instruction, and empathy to instructional design work.

    • 19 min
    Leaving the Classroom 47: Teacher to Project Manager with Melissa Chapman

    Leaving the Classroom 47: Teacher to Project Manager with Melissa Chapman

    In this episode of Leaving the Classroom, host Kristi Oliva interviews former teacher Melissa Chapman about her transition to a career in project management. 
    Tune in to hear:
    Melissa's journey from burnout in teaching to becoming a certified project manager.
    How teachers can translate their skills and experience on their resume for roles in project management.
    Advice for teachers on gaining clarity about their career goals and tailoring their resumes and LinkedIn profiles for specific roles outside of education.

    • 23 min
    Leaving the Classroom 46: 3 Steps to Leave the Classroom

    Leaving the Classroom 46: 3 Steps to Leave the Classroom

    In this episode, Kristi Oliva provides tips for teachers planning their transition out of the classroom.
    Tune in to hear:
    1. The importance of mapping out your journey and identifying a clear destination or target career path to avoid feeling lost.
    2. Steps to research potential post-teaching careers, identify skill gaps, and address qualifications needed for the target role.
    3. Details about an upcoming "Teacher Ditch Day" event on June 3rd to explore career options and networking opportunities.

    • 6 min
    Leaving the Classroom 45: Former Teacher Turned Holistic Wellness Curator with Kim Brooks

    Leaving the Classroom 45: Former Teacher Turned Holistic Wellness Curator with Kim Brooks

    In this episode of Leaving the Classroom, former teacher Kim Brooks shares her journey of transitioning from the classroom to holistic wellness curating.
    Tune in to hear:
    - Kim's story of teaching for 18 years in elementary school both in the US and internationally before feeling burned out and resigning.
    - How she discovered yoga and other holistic practices to help manage her stress and fibromyalgia, leading her to get certifications in yoga, meditation, Reiki and more.
    - Kim now offers private wellness sessions blending various modalities and shares insights on embracing life after teaching, managing stress, and asking for help in the transition process.

    • 33 min
    Leaving the Classroom 44: How to be Financially Prepared to Leave the Classroom with Chris Shamblin Former Teacher Turned Financial Advisor

    Leaving the Classroom 44: How to be Financially Prepared to Leave the Classroom with Chris Shamblin Former Teacher Turned Financial Advisor

    In this episode, Kristi Oliva interviews former teacher Chris Shamblin about transitioning out of the classroom and preparing financially. Chris shares his journey of leaving the classroom after experiencing burnout and wanting more fulfillment in his career.
    Kristi Shares:
    - Her experience with burnout leading her to leave the classroom after 15 years of teaching.
    - The toxic culture in education that discourages self-care and leads teachers to believe they won't succeed outside of teaching.
    - The importance of asking for help when transitioning careers and not being afraid to admit what you don't know.
    Connect with Chris on LinkedIn
    Are you looking for a no-nonsense formula for creating engaging courses and training? Check out my new book, The Do It Messy Approach: A Step-by-Step Guide for Instructional Designers and Online Learners (IDOLs) on Amazon.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

KMS26.2 ,

Perfect for a transitioning teacher

This podcast is an easy listen. The quick tips and short format give teachers a digestible way to learn tangible ways to leave the classroom.

GVandegrift ,

Must Listen For Teachers

Great listen for all teachers thinking about making the move to a new career! Great tips, real life experience and guest episodes.

Jellybeans93 ,

The Real Real for Transitioning Teachers

This a great podcast for transitioning teachers or teachers thinking about making a career change. Kristi does a great job explaining why teachers are leaving the classroom in these short episodes and why these things we are seeing aren’t normal or healthy. I’m a new IDOL course member for many of the reasons she outlines on her show.

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