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How do I start a Career in School Headship?


Career in School Headship

There are many nuances of a Career in School Headship. Almost everyone seems to be talking about How to start a Career in School Headship, while I want to first develop an understanding of What is a Career in School Headship. It had been a while since I was researching about a Career in School Headship, when I came across: https://www.lifepage.in/career/20190308-0001/Arts/Education Management/Career-in-School-Headship/english 

Maya Norula's professional point of view!

Maya Norula invested 39 years in School Headship. Maya Norula has worked in School Headship as Principal in Hopetown Girls' School. In Maya Norula's own words, this is how Maya Norula got into School Headship: "After completing my education, I started working at Woodstock School, Mussoorie. After that I have worked in many other schools like Welham Boys' School, Dehradun, British School, New Delhi and Pathways World School, Gurgaon. In 2010, I joined Hopetown Girls'School, Dehradun as the Principal." Maya Norula has a profile in a very interesting format on: https://www.lifepage.in/page/mayanorula 

Career Video on School Headship

In a video, Maya Norula has talked about various aspects of a Career in School Headship. Maya Norula started by explaining School Headship as: "The principal of a school is like the centre of a wheel. The principal keeps everything in line and in good working order. The principal is in charge of keeping the school working so that teachers, students, and support staff can function and complete their respective jobs. A principal needs to be a strong leader to staff, a fair hiring agent for new teachers and aides, an advocate to students, and a disciplinarian when necessary. A principal also serves as an intermediate between the county board of education and the school system in which they are employed." I watched the full video and I absolutely loved it.


In this video Education was discussed as theoretical topics needed to excel at School Headship, and not as Qualifications needed to enter School Headship. Maya Norula touches upon these in the Education section of the Video:

  • Rules & Regulations
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Pedagogy
  • Different School Systems
  • School Administration

Anyone aspiring for this Career needs to understand that Skill development is crucial for success.
Maya Norula then explains why these Skills are essential for a Career in School Headship:

  • Team Work
  • Independent Thinking
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Leadership
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills

Positives of this Career are quite interesting.
Maya Norula believes that the following are some of the Positives of a Career in School Headship:

  • Societal Impact
  • Continuous Learning

Challenges are the other side of Positives and this Career is no exception.
And, Maya Norula believes that one needs to prepare for following Challenges of a Career in School Headship:

  • Different Types of People
  • Government Interfaces
  • Owners Interfaces


In the final section of the video Maya Norula talks about How a day goes in a Career in School Headship. This video is by far the best video on a Career in School Headship, that I have ever come across. To see the full Talk, one needs to install the LifePage Career Talks App. Here is a direct deep link of the Video: https://lifepage.app.link/20190308-0001 

Similar Career Talks on LifePage

I continued with my research on LifePage and thoroughly studied these links to gain more perspective:

Career Counseling 2.0

After having learnt about a Career in School Headship I was curious about LifePage. LifePage is Career Counseling 2.0 - while most platforms continue to use age old psychometric tests to identify hidden skills and interests of individuals. LifePage has turned the tables completely with an Awareness based approach. Read about them on: https://www.lifepage.in