Thinking of Leaving Teaching?

The Change Curve

The Kübler-Ross Change Curve

Changing career is very time-consuming and you may experience a range of emotions. The Kübler-Ross Change Curve is a model introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in a book called ‘Death and Dying‘ published in 1969. This model also holds true when it comes to careers and employment. The easier it is for you to move along on your journey through the change curve, the easier it will be for you to move towards success.

Initially, there may be the shock of realising that you’re not going to be able to teach until retirement. You may be scared of leaving teaching telling yourself, “I can’t afford a pay cut!” Your self-esteem may be low, your self-confidence may be low and you may be thinking, “What can I do? All I can do is teach!” These are your biggest barriers to happiness! The section People Who Can Help You – With Your Well-being will list people who can help you through the career change curve.

There are people who can help you who specialise in moving people through the change curve. This Leaving Teaching Change Curve is adapted from the five stages of grief identified by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

If you have lost your sense of self and/or self-confidence then it may be worth considering getting some coaching from someone who will be able to build upon and improve your self-belief and self-esteem.

For more help and resources, please check out the Thinking of Leaving Teaching website homepage.

Thinking of Leaving Teaching flowchart

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