I am getting towards the end of a GTP course and along with many of the posts on here, have decided that secondary school teaching is just not for me. I have worked in other jobs before this, have a degree and a masters, but can honestly say I have never worked this hard in terms of the hours. Whilst I understand that as a trainee we have to put in the time, I was not prepared for working every single weekend, and most evenings until late. But what is worse is when I hear trained teachers talking about how they try to finish by 8pm, or don't ALWAYS take marking on holiday with them. These are people maybe 10 years in teaching, and yet it still dominates their life. There are always exceptions to the rule, but as with anything, the more workaholics that come along, the more that becomes the expectation for everyone. Then there is the constant need for self-improvement. Of course nobody should be complacent but to leave every single lesson thinking 'what could I have done better' is just not healthy for self-esteem! Sorry for the rant but I am tired and utterly fed up!! My real question is to ask people what other areas connected with education that they have found work in. Lots of the posts here talk vaguely about adult education, museums, langauge colleges etc, and I am very interested in working in anything in those fields, but I need a regular decent income, as opposed to occasional work and just don't know where to look. The problem is who to ask. My mentor is also head of department, so at this stage the last thing I want to do is sabotage a possible job next year by confiding in him. I have worked extensively in behaviour and SEN and would love to work in this area again on better pay, but again, do not want to make this known to the school and SENCO etc, to risk shooting myself in the foot. Right now I need a job come september, having a family to support, and so am going through the motions of 'loving' teaching, but really do not want to go through another year like this as an NQT. On the other hand I like working with kids and have years of experience so do not want to throw it away by ending up in a call centre out of desperation. Some people on these posts get quite defensive and angry about teachers having second thoughts, and to those people I can only apologise and say that I am not taking teaching for granted, and that none of this was planned. If I cannot find another job I will of course work like crazy and give it my all to do a good job as a teacher, but my heart is just not in it and life is just too short. Any career suggestions would be really appreciated.