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Do you still recommend teaching? eehat g f

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by newposter, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    You do yourself down, Have a look at the threads in this forum about moving out of the profession.

    There really are lots of success stories.

    Start looking at ads in your area for both commercial and public service jobs.

    You might be surprised at how good a fit you are for some of them.
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  2. zannar

    zannar New commenter

    I will not recommend teaching until it goes back to teaching for the children and not ofsted.
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  3. FredfromFrance

    FredfromFrance New commenter

    the complete lack of respect from some kids is enough not to do it. they somehow think that we owe them something and should be eternally grateful to THEM because we have the privilege of teaching them. Being treated like dirt wears thin.

    I too am realising that I could be living a better life right now, but it's too expensive to retrain now and I'm running out of options. Feeling well and truly stuck.
  4. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    Computer says no
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  5. JWEdu

    JWEdu New commenter

    I've had 4 observations in less than 2 months. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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  6. Bobbbs

    Bobbbs Occasional commenter

    Anyone who recommends teaching as a profession is either: deluded; a member of SLT; new to the job; or simply doesn't realise how messed up our jobs are.
  7. julieerdmann15101971

    julieerdmann15101971 New commenter

    No!!!!Dont bother gettinh into this profession . The creation of academies has killed the profession. All the academies want is young cheap labour. They could not care less about the children. Its all about money now. I beg you find another profession. Teaching will drive you into a mental institution . Save your self.
  8. a1976

    a1976 Occasional commenter

    You are absolutely right.
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  9. dibbles00

    dibbles00 New commenter

    As Baxter correctly states it would be "borderline irresponsible to recommend [teaching]".
    I left the profession and it was the best move I made. I was teaching for 8.5 years and on top pay scale - I already earn nearly twice my salary now after three years in industry. Feel better valued, enjoy my job, have work life balance and don't have to deal with a pathetic senior leadership team...

    If I could, I would put absolutely everyone thinking of going into teaching off the idea. It is simply not a good career to go into and as another person pointed out - a waste of a degree.

    However, for some people teaching is a vocation - I'll give them 8 years or less before they too realise how bad of a job it is.
    Jamvic, pepper5, lardylegs and 5 others like this.
  10. Oldfashioned

    Oldfashioned Senior commenter

    NOOOOO! My daughter is post-grad and currently working part time in retail while she looks for something related to her degree and I have told her she would be happier stuck in her retail job than in teaching. I'm trying to get myself out!
  11. NinjaCurtain

    NinjaCurtain New commenter

    Dibbles, I completely agree with you and everyone else, no way should teaching be considered as a job!

    I’ve finally decided to call it a day on teaching and am trying to return to industry. Do you have any tips on getting in? I have a similar amount of teaching experience as you and I’m getting ‘you’ve been out of the industry for a long time’. This is biotech industry, over a decade there before teaching.
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  12. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Occasional commenter

    The last school I did supply at had an observation culture so hostile, it was like watching people being forced to play Russian roulette.
    Mrsmumbles, Jamvic, pepper5 and 3 others like this.
  13. mothergoose2013

    mothergoose2013 Occasional commenter

    Have to confess to talking a good few of my son's friends out of it. My son wouldn't have even considered it as he has witnessed what it has done to me (and him) over the years. All his friends, (and him), are earning at least as much as M6, playing as hard as they are working, and have options, many still get paid for overtime. The one girl who went for it anyway is really struggling and is unwell. His cohort are 25 / 26. Have to agree that recommending teaching, knowing what I know,would be ethically challenging for me.
  14. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    It would be criminal to not warn them about the horrendous career choice teaching in the UK is nowadays.
    I think the job falls below "human rights standards" in many academies/schools now with bullying rife.
    I do acknowledge that other career paths may have stresses and difficult targets to meet, but they are more likely to be rewarded financially in those jobs with responsibility.
    Also psychologically they will probably have "greater peace of mind" and their free time is their own.
  15. IknewKvothe

    IknewKvothe New commenter

    If pupils ask, I say it’s a great job but there is no respite - no evenings or weekends. My (non-teaching) husband and I have made it clear to our 3 children that we will not support them if they wish to go into teach8ng, because we want them to have real lives.
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  16. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Star commenter

    It's so very sad to hear you say this. I've been lucky because I've taught secretarial subjects in Colleges of FE and loved every minute of it. I always wanted to teach and always felt 'at home' in my classrooms - because my students wanted to learn and were keen to work. Many did a lot of extra work at home in addition to what I gave them - and they passed their exams. When I read how awful it is for all of you here, I could cry. Luckily I had good skills and so, had I been in your boat, I could have got good secretarial work anywhere, and that's also the difference. It's so sad today.
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  17. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    It's not often that I read something on here so Trump-like in its method.
    Whatever it takes to keep your family great, I suppose.
  18. Summerhols6

    Summerhols6 Occasional commenter

    Very harsh likening a TESSER as Trump! People have ways of expressing themselves and that's fine with me and should be with everyone. Calling someone one of the most disliked US Presidents is very strange.
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  19. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Thing is, it hasn’t done itself any favours for the past ten years either! And probably longer than ten years! We allowed this to happen and they’ve deprofessionalised and exploited us. Underpaid staff and underfunded schools. Teaching union support stretched to breaking point and usually designed to enable a smooth career exit rather than fight the sea of ‘unfair dismissals in all but name’, so I see their point!
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  20. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Bet it would, though! And... you don’t have to work in a school to teach and improve things for kids.

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