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Change of career advice

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by KTGC, Nov 4, 2017.


If you could leave teaching and move to a new job, would you?

Poll closed Nov 11, 2017.
  1. Yes, I’d leave if there was a job waiting

  2. No, I’d stay in teaching

  1. KTGC

    KTGC New commenter

    i want to know if anyone knows of teachers who have successfully moved to new careers/fields.

    What did they do and how did they get there?

    I’ve tried reducing my hours to cope better but have come to realise I just don’t enjoy the job anymore. With 30 years ahead of me, I can’t imagine spending them teaching! I did want to move to healthcare as a speech and language therapist or eductional psychologist but have been advised it’ll take up to 8 years part time. I feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel!
  2. TEA2111

    TEA2111 Established commenter

    30 years is a long time to be unhappy in your work place. I wish I was just 10 years younger so I had more options (I'm 51). It is a little late for me to retrain for 8 years (albeit part time), but for you, you have time on your side. I have resigned and leave end Dec with NO plan; this is a leap of faith for me, and a scary one at that. I'm not in a strong financial position, but I also know how time is running out for me in my working life and so cannot put off making a change any longer. Do not delay making a change while you have time on your side. I too am interested in seeing what and how other teachers have made it out of teaching. Good luck.
  3. KTGC

    KTGC New commenter

    TEA2111 thank you for that, I do know I need to move, I’d like to retrain and have been told it’ll take 8 years part time which would suit me as my children are still young. It’s just knowing what to retrain in! I’d love to work in health or educational psychology, possibly totally change and work self employed or even the private sector... anything but teaching!

  4. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Why not do the course? You have to get through the next 8 years anyway, so why not retrain?

    I'm doing a part-time course in a subject related to my degrees but more practical (archives), so could potentially change careers at some point. However, I am enjoying it and that is the more important thing at the moment.
    agathamorse, KTGC and TEA2111 like this.
  5. KTGC

    KTGC New commenter

    That’s sounds great! I did. History degree nd am finding the things that interest me now are more science based which means doing an A level science then a science based degree; cost is a concern!

  6. sheila.mckean

    sheila.mckean New commenter

    Hi KtGC,
    I know exactly how you feel, I too am looking to come out of teaching after 17 years, the job has now lost its initial attraction for me, I just don't know what to do. Good luck
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  7. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    Why not still do the course? You could look at different part time roles in schools whilst you’re waiting
  8. spam66

    spam66 New commenter

    Hi. Have faith! There is light at the end of the tunnel. Both my husband and I have left teaching (with 19 and 13 years' service respectively). We are in our 40s/early 50s so were late into teaching! My husband was a school pastoral leader and is now working in management at a further ed college - does regular hours, still gets good hols and the LGPS. I am now working in IT training at a university. I was scared about leaving teaching as you do feel a bit "institutionalised" but both of us got our new jobs through having teaching experience. We have taken pay cuts, but feel it is well worth it for the hugely improved work/life balance and lower stress we now enjoy. Best of luck with whatever you decide.
    gretebedford, henrypm0 and TEA2111 like this.
  9. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    After twelve years teaching I am now training to be an actuary. The steps I took were:

    • Used careers service to identify suitable alternative careers and chose one
    • Studied and took (and paid for) the first couple of exams
    • Sent cold emails to local professionals asking for advice on how to break into the field
    • Got invited to interview and got the job
  10. C.Brewer

    C.Brewer New commenter

    Nervous ned, that sounds what I want to do. Any advice please? Where to even begin finding out about which exams to take?
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuary website


    Look at Curriculum 2019 for the exams starting in the next exam window. You can start with statistics, financial mathematics or business depending on your strengths.
    agathamorse likes this.

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