Be the Boss Over Cancer

I need to know what is the best format to use as I completed my MBA for a career change, got sick and now want to stay in elementary school teaching. The private school I taught at let me go a few days before my chemo in Jan. 2010. All treatments are completed including radiation and I have a few physical limitations - lifting, carrying things a distance, doctor follow up appointments and port surgery removal at a later date. I've been reading current books and did a resume workshop during my MBA course and now not sure what approach will be best for me. Thanks-Judy Kirchmeier

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  • Judi Swedek

    Judi Swedek on Jan 29, 2011

    Career Coach Comment:

    Hi Judy:

    Congratulations on your MBA and the completion of your treatments! Both are strenuous, only in very different ways.

    It sounds like you are wanting to stay in teaching rather than make the shift using your MBA into business, yes? If so, I'd suggest building your resume focusing on the teaching experience you have garnered over the years and also highlighting any courses taken or projects completed in your MBA program that may be relevant. For example, courses in organizational development and/or statistics are both relevant in an educational environment.

    With an MBA, you could also possibly move into education administration, if that is of interest to you. That would capitalize on your experience and education offering a unique set of skills and perspective.

    The resume format remains the same...use the Summary of your resume to highlight your skills and qualifications as they relate to your target role. If remaining in teaching, then de-emphasize the MBA degree, unless relevant. Best to include it at the end of your resume, rather than highlight at the start.

    Please let me know if this helps and also any more specific questions you might have. It sounds like you have thought much about how you want to make a difference in this world. Going through this experience opens our eyes to what is important.

    With warm regards,


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