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Ex Teachers! What do you do now?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Laurenstuart, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Laurenstuart

    Laurenstuart New commenter


    I left teaching about a year ago and tbh honest I've been doing rubbish jobs since. I would like a decent job, even something education related but I'm actually finding that the only thing my degree and experience will let me do at the minute is teach!

    I'm looking to buy my first home so would like to be in a permanent post. That's why at the minute I don't want to tutor or do supply. I'm interested in puting my qualifications to use and would like something with a decent wage.

    What are any ex teachers working as at the moment?

    Thanks! Xx
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  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Retired - only work that i do is exam marking. So not really helpful to you.

    You may need to look away from education, but it will depend upon your skills.
    Piranha likes this.
  3. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Many teachers and many more ex-teachers I know fill their time and occupy their brains by playing Bridge. Any excuse to do a bit of promotion for a game that suits philosophers, mathematicians, gamblers, strategists, logic fanatics and even a few that just enjoy a sociable evening in the company of like-minded people who might even be looking for a romantic involvement or a convivial bridge holiday.
    tonymars and Mrsmumbles like this.
  4. thistledoo

    thistledoo Senior commenter

    Creating resources e.g. ppts with targets and objectives and sell them?
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  5. pair_of_argyles

    pair_of_argyles Occasional commenter

    My friend's daughter gave up teaching languages and now works on cruise liners , She speaks German and French and does jobs like IT support, photography tutor One of my ex colleagues works in the history department of the local uni. currently doing clerical/research support work

    It really depends on your other commitments . While your subject skills are something to bear in mind and it always good to make use of your academic knowledge don't concentrate too much on that. Think about the other things your teaching skills help you to bring to bring to the table. Teachers can usually to communicate well; have good organisational skills; can speak to groups easily and so on
    jophlox likes this.
  6. tsarina

    tsarina Occasional commenter

    Tutoring, but i set up a private limited company with it's own bank account and pay myself a salary each month. The company is registered with hmrc and i am an employee of the company with a payroll number and everything and i generate my own payslips each month as evidence if required. I would do some extra research if i were you, but that might be enough for a mortgage company. (after 6 months i was earning enough to pay the bills and mortgage -i earn way more than if i had taken an admin job)
    tonymars and Mrsmumbles like this.
  7. cb324

    cb324 Occasional commenter

    How old are you? Have you looked at the civil service? I'm sure they do fast streams for graduates. I did each of the tests and they were pretty easy. Got down to video interview before declining for a different job. Now I have a job lined up as a graduate surveyor. Have you looked at council jobs? Maybe just look at random companies around your area and contact them to see if they have any jobs going.

    What is your degree in? As I would imagine you'll find it easier looking for alternative jobs with a STEM degree compared to a degree in primary education.
    RedBedHead94 likes this.
  8. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Employment law. I trained and qualified with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, which is the earn-as-you-learn route into law and has the added advantage that employers frequently pay for the course as well.

  9. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    Why does setting up your own tuition firm, with all expenses claimed back and regular payment of your national insurance class twos, not count as a mortgageable career? Overheads would be low and it might pay off very well indeed. Maybe give it a chance. Ideally you would have a one bed private flat with a dedicated teaching area, dbs certificate and insurance. That's it.
  10. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I confirm that this is enough! Work with what you already have. Pretty soon, small businesses like us will end up federating together locally as the state schools crash and burn and the posh indies also cut back, experience rapid staff turnover, and the kids start voting with their feet. For admin, pointless PHSE lessons, 'stranger danger' and self assessment, there's UK schools. For everything else, there's tutoring!
    woollani and tsarina like this.
  11. RedBedHead94

    RedBedHead94 Established commenter

    I start as an Education recruiter soon. I'll be scanning teacher's CVs to find those looking for new positions, and offering our (free) services to them. I get to use my pedagogical (and political) knowledge of the profession to assess what vacancies are the best fit for the clients, and also use what I know to write up job descriptions for the vacancies that go on TES! I'll be involved in dispatching supply teachers to schools too.

    I'm also retraining in HR (which benefits my recruitment position greatly as part of it is dealing with legal compliance) and may try and slide on over in to the Government's social research dept in the DfE. Or go in to law. The possibilities are exciting!

    Retraining with a few other skills (New Skills Academy and Reed offer affordable Diplomas, I got a discount code for my HR course so I paid a mere £20!) will complement the qualifications you already have - it shows employers that you have scope to be effective in another sector - having just the PGCE and teaching experience can sometimes make it seem like that's all you can do.
  12. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Because they want to see stability of income from a person they class as self-employed. Usually they want two years' accounts in evidence.

    Daughter has just had this difficulty. She moved from being a salaried GP to being a partner, with self-employed status and wanted to remortgage.
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  13. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    I can't actually tell you what I do now, but I do have multiple STEM degrees in a hard science. I had a lot of options, therefore. You need to tell us what sort of quals you have in order for us to give more targeted advice and suggestions. I have done tutoring and publishing and exam marking too.
  14. lsmith21

    lsmith21 New commenter

    Retired early and have re-trained as a funeral celebrant - should have done it years ago
  15. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    I currently work in insurance and there are loads of ex teachers in the office
  16. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I do several things.

    I work 3 days per week teaching Functional Skills with a training provider in the construction industry.

    I also private tutor quite a few students each week.

    My favourite job though, is the work I do with a fantastic cosmetics company. I'd love to build this into my full time income. It's amazing how many ex-teachers are working within this business. Every time we get together, we always marvel and how well we are treated!
  17. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

  18. alan1

    alan1 New commenter

    I'm training to become an embalmer and frankly cannot wait to get out of teaching.
  19. alan1

    alan1 New commenter

    How did you find the transition?
  20. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Ooh Fizzbobble ...are you a spy? (I won't tell anyone!)
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