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Life Beyond Lanyards

Life Beyond Lanyards

Debra Massey


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Having had a successful career as a head teacher, Debra Massey decided to retire and look for her next challenge. She realised that she had to embrace the next chapter of her life and seek out new challenges beyond the job she had loved and the lanyard it represented.


Using her own story, and the stories of others as inspiration, Debra Massey dives into the different kinds of career changes that can occur and the challenges that may come about from taking such a leap. Life Beyond Lanyards reflects on experiences including planned and forced retirement, moving to a new country, changing careers, giving up a lucrative career to pursue a life-long dream and more.


All such moments can lead to uncertainty, but Life Beyond Lanyards offers guidance on how to embrace these challenges, from communicating a change in direction to friends and family to understanding how skills can be transferred across varying careers.

ISBN : 978-1-80439-198-3

Published: 27/07/2023

Pages : 208

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Debra Massey

After thirty-four years of teaching, with twenty-two years as a head across two schools, Debra Massey believes in growing lifelong learners and raising aspirations within a community. Since retirement, she has undergone a time of reflection which resonates with many:
• Who is she now?
• What options are open to her?
Through consultancy, she has supported and learned from partners, nationally and internationally, whilst leading two outstanding organisations with a focus on enriched learning and care for children from birth to eleven years. This has included a primary school, children centre and day care unique provision with an eco-focus embedded in its vision. Applying executive coaching skills interests her, shaping her ‘life beyond lanyards'. Now, as well as enjoying holidays in term time and a much improved life-work balance, she hopes to support others about to take a leap into a new chapter in their lives.

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