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Ex teachers - what do you do Now?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by dauralora, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    If you enjoy writing, then perhaps you could find a job that involve a lot of writing. Perhaps journalism or writing for a magazine. You could research how to enter writing professions and perhaps do an MA in the particular field you want to write in. Marketing might be a field you would enjoy - or web design. You would have to top up your skills somehow but it is doable.
  2. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    Ah that was a who you know, not what you know situation. I did some specialist teaching and was invited to take on some publishing as a result. I get the impression that it's quite hard to get into as a full time job, and I suspect one has to live in places like London.
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  3. sl1605

    sl1605 New commenter

    I'm currently doing a bit of tutoring, a bit of textbook/question writing and a bit of supply. Spending more time with children and family. It is well worth it.
    pepper5, zippy870, DocShew and 6 others like this.
  4. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    It is natural when doing a job like teaching to feel like 'you'd be letting the kids down' etc if you left. Sure, it might be an inconvenience but many people are less indispensable than they think and if you did leave someone else will soon enough be there to replace you!
    Always try another school first if you've only worked properly (not PGCE etc) in one, the culture can be vastly different in different schools.
  5. install

    install Star commenter

    Start looking and leave asap. My mate got a nice job in management for the nhs :cool:
  6. ronnieg

    ronnieg New commenter

    Educational consultant - go round schools teaching ICT. Same holidays with less stress and less hassle. More importantly you are treated like a professional and not micro managed to the nth degree
    k1tsun3 and ilovesooty like this.
  7. MamaPyjama

    MamaPyjama New commenter

    Left to retrain in IT and work in logistics now. I love it and have a renewed sense of purpose. I was UPS3 and now earn NQT money, but I am at the start of a new career, so fair enough.

    I miss the interaction with the kids and some close colleagues, but the toxic, stress-inducing CA culture pushed on us by management, I don't miss that at all.
    agathamorse and eljefeb90 like this.
  8. Flyingmachine

    Flyingmachine New commenter

    No one is indispensable. They would have you replaced very swiftly if you weren't there. Think of your mental health. If you really aren't wanting to be there, and no longer wanted to teach you might be able to negotiate a faster exit. If it is affecting your health, go sick.

    I left teaching and work as an outdoor instructor/trainer. Earn more in half the time... work with awesome people doing fun things. :-D
  9. AnotherDayTowardsRetirement

    AnotherDayTowardsRetirement Occasional commenter

    On the topic of teacher notice periods, why not do what I did when I left my teaching job (after seeing a dept colleague & another teacher friend do this same thing) and call the school's bluff ! Resign (in person, during a jovial chat with the Head) and say you'll be leaving in one month to start a new job. No doubt you'll get the usual Bull about 'contractual notice', 'leaving the kids & school down', 'HR will write to you about breach of contract' and/or 'you may find it tricky to work elsewhere as schools are a close knit community and schools / heads will talk etc'. Stick to your guns and put the one months notice in writing. Then leave the job when you said you would - one month later. Trust me, the school won't do anything but speed up their plans for recruiting your successor. I did this in April and it's one of the greatest feelings of empowerment I've ever experienced. I quit to enter a job as an Apprenticeship Assessor with a private sector Training Provider & love the job. I'm still working with young adults, still empowering them to achieve qualifications and secure a place in the workplace, and since training providers started getting visits from OfSTED they will snap up a qualified teacher. They offered me a start date of one month ahead. When I explained my school contract forbade starting the job until the end of the June holiday the provider's MD laughed & said the industry works on a month month period and if I wanted the job I'd better tell my Head I was joining the ranks of training providers in one month or the job offer would be withdrawn & offered to someone who could start in a month. My personal advice (only because it worked for me) is to take a deep breath, give one month's notice and free up the rest of your life for your adventure after teaching !
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  10. AnotherDayTowardsRetirement

    AnotherDayTowardsRetirement Occasional commenter

    I work as a freelance Apprenticeship Assessor with young adults 16-24. I love the job. The apprenticeship quals are in 2 parts - occupational skills and occupational knowledge. You have to be qualified and occupationally competent in the skills to assess & deliver the skills parts but most teachers can deliver & assess the knowledge parts to most App quals. I delver topics such as H&S, safeguarding in the workplace. Equality & Diversity, the functional skill Maths & English quals and a personal development workbook. I receive an hourly rate for visiting apprentices at their work places, I receive what is known as a 'planning, review and Admin fee' for the prep, assessment & review that comes with each learner visit. I also earn a substantial achiever bonus whenever a learner passes their quality. (OfSTED measure provider success rates as well as school success rates, meaning teachers are highly sought after). I also work as an online distance learning tutor for business qualifications, as well as training part time to qualify as a licenced HGV driver (just in case). I do private tutoring (2 evenings a week), exam marking & coursework moderation (post exams period) and work as a Workskills Tutor every 3rd weekend within the prison service. I was terrified when I quit teaching as I had no job to go to & worried I'd made a mistake & would never work again. But eight months on I am busier than ever but stress free. I am treated with respect like the professional, intelligent adult that I am. I have built up a portfolio of part time jobs that give me a sensible work-life balance, the freedom to travel & pick & choice the jobs to do & pick when & where to work and earn a few £££ less than my teacher salary without the stress & politics. There are loadsa jobs out there for ex-teacher skill sets - you just need the confidence to quit your job. Best of luck - you know what the right decision is. So just do it. You won't regret it.
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  11. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Ah - a wise boss. It's always refreshing to hear this sort of thing.
  12. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    As regards getting into a particular field, you are indeed at a disadvantage at the beginning. It's the old catch-22, you need experience to get a job, and you need a job in order to get experience.

    What I would recommend is to write to various companies that you might be interested in, enclose your CV, but offer to work for them for nothing for (say) 3 months. (So you're essentially an intern.) You should learn then what the job entails, and you could start building up a personal network. They might even be impressed enough to offer you a job.

    If you don't fancy the above approach, you could always try writing a polite letter asking them how best to get into a particular industry. Some employers might think "what a cheek, being asked for free careers advice", but others might be much more helpful.
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  13. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    He's quite 'old school' when it comes to management and it works. He says it regularly and the (small) company is rarely short of business. It's about having time to check over things and ensure you do a good job. The clients seem to appreciate that.

    The problem in teaching is trying to do too much (many things unnecessary) and therefore nothing gets done properly.
  14. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    Which is also how I feel teaching. Nothing gets done properly. I'm so happy that you've found something that gives you that balance. I just need to figure out what mine is...
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  15. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Absolutely. Whenever I hire tradespeople, I always tell them they don't have to rush. I get the impression from them that customers always want things done quickly. I always say "I don't mind if it takes longer. I'll happily pay for the extra time, to ensure you can do a good job". (Of course it helps that I get them via check-a-trade, and I select the ones with the highest reviews.)

    And as you say, good people are always in demand.
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  16. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    A mistake that I made, which I would counsel others to avoid, was to follow my union's advice and go to the careers guidance consultants it recommended. I went through the usual tests and interviews only to be told that I had no marketable skills other than I was literate and I could drive! Although I tried to take this with a pinch of salt, psychologically it really knocked me back, especially when subsequent experience proved them right.
  17. teselectronic

    teselectronic Occasional commenter

    Hi dauralora, don't relinquish your teaching post, I made the transition from FE to Secondary Education and found it somewhat difficult!
    Having taught Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Level (iii) Mathematics and 'one could hear a pin drop', compared to experiencing the Secondary School ethos; well, I just couldn't believe it!
    However, a fantastic Head Teacher informed me, "to be a good teacher, it takes a minimum of four years".
    I'm quite sure he was correct, having progressed to HOF, with some fantastic results!
    Focus on the Teaching, you are doing a fantastic job; the pupils obviously appreciate your teaching.
    Hope this helps.
  18. September

    September New commenter

    Great to read so many stories of happiness after leaving teaching. I have finished but have not yet got teaching out of my system. Did a school visit recently to enquire about a vacancy and was not bowled over about returning as yet. I think I am doing the visits to reassure myself that leaving was the right thing. Time will tell.

    Dauralora, you will know if it is time to move on. It is a hard decision to make, however if your health is affected then that is a sign. Your health MUST come first. Book yourself a massage at a local spa as a treat, but more importantly go and see your doctor. Keep posting updates on how you are getting on. The TES forums are a great source of support.
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  19. rsharts

    rsharts New commenter

    My son left primary teaching after two years and went to work for a children's charity in a therapeutic role. After three years he has moved on and is now training to become a Clinical Psychologist.
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  20. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    I don't think that it really gets better. The reality is that people get used to it.

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