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Changing career...

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by parachute89, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. parachute89

    parachute89 New commenter

    Hi everyone. I've been a Reception class teacher for 5 years in two schools. I always knew that teaching wouldn't be my "forever" career, and I'm finally coming to the end of my tether. I'm struggling to bear the stress any longer.

    I work in a wonderful school with amazing staff and a very supportive headteacher, so the school definitely isn't the issue. I just find the general teacher workload too much to handle, if I want to ensure I'm doing a good job.

    I used to love thinking of new resources to make to excite the children with, but I don't feel this buzz anymore. I've truly lost complete interest in my job, and the thought of the amount of work I have to do this weekend before we go back on Monday makes me anxious.

    I feel I've given it a good run for 5 years, and as I've been considering leaving teaching for over a year now, I think I've given it a good chance. I'm ready for a change.

    My vague "plan" is to leave at the end of Summer. I've been looking at jobs to gauge the kinds of alternative careers out there/pay/qualifications needed. I guess I just wanted to get this out there, and if you have any advice as to how I can work out what I should do next, it would be much appreciated. I've scoured previous threads about leaving teaching but find a lot of posters have subject specialisms such as maths or languages that they have been able to apply in their new job. At the moment I don't have a clue what I want to do, and my undergrad degree was in Psychology.

    Thanks for listening. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. parachute89

    parachute89 New commenter

  3. VeronicAmb

    VeronicAmb Occasional commenter

    Apart from your degree, think about the transferable skills you've gained whilst being a reception class teacher.

    If you're planning on leaving in July, you have plenty of time to think about what you would like to do. If you enjoy creating lesson plans for the kids, perhaps you'd like to stay in education but in a non-teaching role. Perhaps learning/support role where you focus on curriculum? Roles as "curriculum lead" may be something you could look into (I don't now anything about primary).

    You need to have a sit-down with yourself and consider what careers you would be open to exploring before you make any rash decisions.

    Whatever your decision may be, I hope you pick the right one. Nothing wrong with leaving teaching - welcome to the club (in advance)!
  4. TeacherMan19

    TeacherMan19 Occasional commenter

    Would you consider teaching abroad for one final stint before giving it up?
  5. Stephap

    Stephap New commenter

    I’ve just completed my first two weeks in a new career. It wasn’t easy to find a job which didn’t require specific qualifications or experience but eventually I found it by typing in ‘problem solving’ on LinkedIn jobs. Try doing the same with your skills and see what it throws up. My new hours are 8-4 with an hour for lunch, people leave on time, it doesn’t appear stressful. The trade-off is a big pay cut from UPS, however I am now in a large organisation which treats its staff well, there are possibilities to progress or move around. Good luck.
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  6. parachute89

    parachute89 New commenter

    Thanks for your replies, they've been very helpful. I'll start putting together a list of my transferable skills to build into a CV.

    Congrats, it's great to hear. How long did it take you to find something?
  7. Stephap

    Stephap New commenter

    I left in July, applied in October, was offered the job in December and started in February. I was lucky because I put all my eggs in one basket, I banked on being successful and had no alternatives.
  8. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    Nope. You were right with 'bear'. Nobody needs to get naked in that sentence!
  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    What are you doing now?
  10. misssunflower2

    misssunflower2 New commenter

    I left teaching around 2 years ago during my RQT year and I have been working as a TA with some HLTA hours. I’ve recently built my confidence back up and I’ve started doing some tutoring on top of my TA job and I’m really happy with being able to use my teaching skills without the stress and responsibility of being a class teacher. I may consider my options again in the future but I don’t miss the burned out feeling I had when I left my old job. I am considering returning to possibly secondary maths or English in the future but I imagine this has different workload challenges than primary but not necessarily less work. Hope things work out for you.
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  11. Stephap

    Stephap New commenter

    Train planner :)
    Four weeks into the job now and it’s still great, I am a much more relaxed person now. I never want to work in a school again.
    parachute89 and Shedman like this.

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