I do not take this decision lightly, but I am considering leaving the teaching profession. I qualified as a teacher in 2017 and I have completed my NQT year as an outstanding teacher. My specialism was in Physical Education but I was largely teaching History and Geography with the odd PE lesson. The school have been brilliant for me, upping my timetable to almost 50/50 PE and History lessons. Also, I have been made assistant head of year. So it’s not that I have not been given opportunity. My concern is that I am struggling financially and I feel as though this will not improve for many years to come. All teachers work extremely hard for their money and with all of the additional responsibility and commitments I do not feel that they are paid sufficiently. Last night I had a slight break-down at the thought of coming in to school today. And for the first time ever I am actually reconsidering the career path that I want to take. I am only 25 so I have an opportunity to change if required, but I am extremely apprehensive at what would be viable jobs that I could go for. I am open to all suggestions at this point, I would love for a career where I can work this hard and feel like I am earning a fair amount for it.