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Considering leaving teaching

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by mattabb, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. mattabb

    mattabb New commenter

    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.
  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    I think a lot depends on why you are reconsidering your career path. Is it primarily the money, the actual teaching, the school, the workload... if you can pinpoint the underlying cause, you will have a better chance of tackling the problem.

    You should also contact TES to get your settings changed as your real name is visible in your profile.
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  3. mattabb

    mattabb New commenter

    Thank you for your response. I have felt overwhelmed with all of the extra things in teaching. The meetings, marking, planning, extra curricular opportunities. Parents evenings, open evenings, events weekend tasks. I love working with children and the pastoral responsibility.

    Also, my account should have changed now.. thanks
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  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Taking on the responsibility of assistant head of year so early in your career cannot be helping. Go back to being just a teacher and see how it goes.
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  5. mattabb

    mattabb New commenter

    I really enjoy the pastoral side and the teaching. I know that people are in a much worse situation to myself so I feel so foolish moaning about it. But my whole life I’ve wanted to teach, but I've realised its not for me. Financially I am really struggling and considering the time and stress that I am putting in I am questioning whether it is worth it.

    I am not against hard work, in fact I’m in favour of it. So this is why the time I’m spending on teaching may prove valuable in a different profession. Let me know if you have any suggestions please?
  6. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    Ultimately that's why I left the classroom. As a Maths teacher I worked out I was on a much better rate as a student when I worked at a supermarket than as a teacher. If you like hard work and being rewarded for it have you thought of sales?
    If you want to carry on working with children I can't really think of any jobs that are particularly well paid. I work as a tutor which is well paid, you could also work in education in a prison the pay is £170 a day.
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  7. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    I think in any career, early doors you won't be earning much. Maybe I've been lucky, I live not far from London (yet don't get fringe or London payments) but have always found the money more than adequate. I should now be moving to M6 and would say I feel very well off financially.

    Be careful, changing career for financial gain may also take a while to pay off, especially with a PE specialism. If you enjoy the job and your motives are purely financially driven I would reconsider. If you don't enjoy the job, then definitely look around and see what is out there, but don't expect immediate results!
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  8. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    If you are going to move, now is probably the best time. Once you get tied into mortgage, family and other financial commitments and have moved up the ladder just enough to make changing career become a much more risky option, it can get a lot harder.
    Now is the time to look at alternatives. What are your peers from university doing? What other careers can your qualifications offer? You can't be that long out of university, so look at their careers site and see what comes up. You have qualifications, experience, a good work ethic and I am sure excellent references. Can you relocate to pursue job opportunities? Anything is possible? A friends child did a sports / PE based degree and now works for Sky sports.
    And finally - if you want to come back to teaching in the future, I think we can be certain that the present and any future governments will continue to do everything they can to make sure that teaching is such an unpopular choice among graduates that you will be guaranteed lots of vacancies to choose from.
    GirlGremlin likes this.
  9. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Sorry I've just reread what I wrote and it didn't come across how I meant, was trying to say that opportunities to use PE will probably be competitive and require more training and qualifications as you go, wasn't shunning PE as a degree at all!
  10. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Not as a PE teacher. It is a very popular choice as a subject specialism and probably the role which always attracts the most applicants.
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  11. HolyMahogany

    HolyMahogany Senior commenter

    Very True - But with the way things are going I wouldn't bet on it staying that way. Also if the OP has a second subject that they can teach, I have a friend who teaches science as well as PE. Then, depending upon what it is, this may give them a better chance of future employment in education,. assuming that they still want to teach after being enticed away by the prospects of a higher standard of living and probably a lot less stress.
  12. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    I’ve heard of an organisation called Morrisby which is a careers advisory service. Naturally you pay for their advice but they may be able to help you see what other careers could be open to you at this stage and how you could move into them.
  13. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    A lot of primary schools now have coaches who come in and cover PE lessons - might be worth looking into?
  14. Summerhols6

    Summerhols6 Occasional commenter

    Your school have been brilliant even though they have you teaching mostly humanities subjects! i don't think they've done the best for you, rather they are looking after themselves.
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  15. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It's also worth checking whether your university careers service will still help you - they sometimes cover recentish graduates as well as current students.
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  16. davidmu

    davidmu Occasional commenter

    Just stop and think. I imagine that almost everyone entering teaching does so on a very limited budget. I certainly did. When I started I was earning £53 a month net and my digs in a strange town cost me £8 a week. I had £20 a month to live on and that was for an honours degree teacher in Physics. It took me years to catch up with my former school friends who by the age of 22 had married and were buying houses.

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