/ Asked by Angel
Hello I am a teacher with almost five years teaching experience. I am currently on the second year of my MBA degree and I would like to change professions after I complete it. In the meantime I am applying for summer internships in order to gain some corporate experience, preferably in a consultancy firm. I am however finding it very difficult. It is appalling how the majority of firms can’t see the amount of transferable skills that teachers have. I am ready to take up the challenge, but there don’t seem to be companies interested. How can I break through and take the first step onto the corporate world? Thanks!!
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Changing career paths can be challenging and very exciting and I think you are on the right path looking for a an appropriate internship.  When companies have hundreds of applicants it is often difficult to make your resume stand out regardless your background and experience.  If you have found that companies are not easily recognizing the contribution you can make with your background in teaching, perhpas it is time to re-frame your resume.  Clearly articulate in your cover letter and resume how your teching backhground has prepared you for a career in the corporate world.  You may also want to reconsider whether the only path forward is through a consultancy as there are many companies that can offer you experiences similar to what you would have in a consulting firm.  If you are set on a consulting firm you will need to be persistent and continuously  evaluate and apply for new opportunities as they become available.
Best of luck in finding the right internship and completing your masters degree.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, December 10, 2015
Congratulations on going back to school for your MBA and thank you for also investing time in the education field. Coming into an internship in a consultancy firm, with the experience you currently have, is not always easy. Often times a firm will see you as overqualified and possibly getting bored with what that would want you to do. The best advice I can give is to network into a summer internship role. What I mean by that is to connect with any organizations on campus who might have connections off campus, as well as with your professors. Loop them in on your goal and see if they have any contacts that they can put you in touch with. The best opportunities are usually gotten through word of mouth so also look to tap into any groups you can join in the community to network at. In addition, see if your school's career placement center can connect you with companies that you are targeting. One of the traits that the corporate world is looking for is perserverance, so take this internship mission as the first test. Good luck!
Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
As a person who has made several career changes myself, I can relate to the simultaneous excitement and frustration you are going through. First, I recommend you to think about which types of internship you are looking for in a consultancy. As a teacher you do have A LOT of transferable skills and you should highlight that on your resume and cover letter, but also map the consultancies you are applying to. Most, if not all of them will have a training or leadership development unit within their organization. You will have an easier time of ‘getting your foot in the door’ to a consultancy on this side of the house. If you are able to land an internship there, it will allow you to network internally and prove your skills beyond training and teaching.

Second, look beyond just the big names in consulting. Some of your smaller, or local firms will take a chance and have a higher risk tolerance. You may also find you have less competition in those firms. That experience will then position you well for a larger firm after graduation.

And finally, do your research on LinkedIn. I am very confident you will be able to find current employees working at consulting firms that came from a teaching background like yourself. Connect and network with those that share a similar history and career trajectory, which will help you find advocates for you within the companies you are applying.
Best of luck!
Bret
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