How can I withdraw from a job in international trade?


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I am a high school teacher but having taken a few courses in international trade, I want to go into importing and exporting. I once went through a career change to become a teacher, which involved a steep learning curve and had to start at the bottom. I want to avoid having to do it again. Is there a way to step aside? Male, 30 years old

Jonathan’s response

Changing jobs in favor of a more interesting, better paid and long-term career can come at the cost of starting at the bottom, acquiring new skills or taking a pay cut. All of these costs and benefits are not measurable, and you wonder how to change careers to work in international trade while reducing your transition costs by avoiding.

As of January 1, 2022, all businesses in the UK that previously traded easily with European customers have become international traders. Marco Forgione, Managing Director of the Export Institute, observes: “Because of Brexit, in the UK there is now a large and growing demand (and rising wages) for people with skills and a experience in international trade.

Effective circumvention will require relevant transferable skills. Forgione says the four key skills for success are “attention to detail, ability to manage process, inquisitive mind, and problem-solving ability.” As a teacher, you may be able to demonstrate these skills well.

It sounds like you’re motivated to grow your career in this growing field, rather than being pushed away from teaching; even if you have taken a few courses, is that enough or do you need more information on what the position and career path could be?

Forgione’s view is that it can be a career, leading to C-suite roles. Plus, as he puts it, “it’s not just manufacturers and retailers that export, but also service companies.” professionals, such as the middle offices of investment banks and law firms. There are also political roles in the civil service.

You can maximize your chances of success and reduce overall costs by combining your current job with obtaining relevant accredited qualifications such as those offered by the IoE. Even though teaching is a very demanding job, you can explore ways to get self-guided or tutor-assisted training. This should position you in a good position when you finally apply for full-time import/export jobs, as many advertised positions indicate that professional qualifications are essential.

Readers’ advice

I know a few people in the business and they all speak at least two or three European languages. It will be essential, I think. Mbeira

You can also apply for a job with the Department of International Trade [DIT]. The interview is competency-based, which with your experience as a (stressful) teacher, you shouldn’t have any problems. Whole wheat

Jonathan Black is director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. Every fortnight, he answers your questions about personal and professional development and working life. Do you have a question for him? Email: [email protected]


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