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Dear Theo, Changing Careers

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by KS23, Oct 7, 2015.

  1. KS23

    KS23 New commenter

    Hi Theo

    I've been considering leaving teaching seriously for a while now, but I haven't been able to find the courage to take the leap. The reason is, I have no idea what I would do next. I don't feel like I have any passions that relate to jobs, nor do I really feel like with a QTS in teaching and a 2:2 in English I have really many qualifications that would link to other jobs. I have thought I'd like to do some kind of charity office work, but when I look at the application forms, I feel totally under qualified. Every time I search the internet for jobs that a teacher can do that are not teaching, depressingly they are STILL teaching jobs-teaching children in hospitals, teaching English as a second language, tutoring etc, which to me isn't escaping teaching, it's just a transfer. Basically, I'm feeling very despondent and confused about my options and was hoping you could just turn me in the right direction, even with just an idea about what I could explore next. I'm sorry for the down and out tone of the post, but I am feeling pretty hopeless at the moment.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo @KS23

    I'm really sorry to hear that you are so depressed about your teaching, and probably therefore about life in general.

    I am going to give you two documents which may not be exactly what you want, but may be helpful. I hope so!

    And then I'm going to say that you need specialist advice, which I can't give, as my expertise is IN teaching, not out of it.

    First off, try this:


    And then . . . if you left Uni up to 5 or so years ago, you could try their Careers Advice service too - that might still be willing to help you out. Give them a ring and see.

    I think that once you take some positive steps towards finding a way out, you'll start to feel better and the job a little more bearable because you know it's not for ever.

    Best wishes


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  3. KS23

    KS23 New commenter

    Thanks for the quick response Theo. The documents are helpful and I'll contact the national careers service this weekend. :)
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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