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Career options after failed NQT

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by gembod3236, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. gembod3236

    gembod3236 New commenter

    Hi, I have posted on here about my hell experience of induction 'year' and am almost certain they are going to fail me. I'm now off with stress and seriously trying to work out my options. All I've ever wanted to do is teach. I've wanted to do it since I was 4 and due to many unfortunate and difficult events in my life, it took me 14 years to get here. But I have to accept that if, in my final term, my union can't arrange early release and an extension for my final term, my entire teaching career is over.

    I have to consider this horrible possibility and have been looking into which career paths I can pursue if I am failed. I am a mother of two and am only just managing to live on this wage. If working as a Teaching Assistant paid better I'd apply for a TA job, but it doesn't. I wish money wasn't an issue but in all honesty I don't want the work I've put into my career to be wasted. I'm currently working in a school for children with severe learning difficulties and absolutely love working with children but can't seem to find anything remotely similar that I could do.

    Please, any advise would be so much appreciated. I'm feeling so lost in limbo. I don't want to return to my school because I can't take the demoralising and bullying tactics they use. Four other experienced teachers are already on long term sick with stress and it's general consensus that no one knows what we are doing anymore. I want to continue working with sen children but other than teaching, can't even begin to work out where to look. Sorry if I'm babbling, I'm really not in a good place right now. I just need some advise should my only ever career intention be wiped out.
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  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi gem

    Sorry you are in such a dilemma. From what you write, I understand that you are waiting knkw the outcome of your union trying to get you an early release from your current school and an extension. So that may still happen. When will you know?

    For other careers that would pay you a wage to support your chilldren have you considered social work? That pays well and you could specialise in working with children. You would have to do some further study, but you may be able to train on the job. How about managing a children's home?

    Let us hope you get the release and extension. Try not to worry although it is hard.
  3. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Use the Careers Advice section on this website. Do also check if your old university careers service provides alumni support. The prospects.ac website has a useful booklet on careers beyond the classroom and other material about working with children. However if you are looking for a professional career such as social work then most routes require training and particular qualifications.
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