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Ex teachers - what do you do Now?

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

  1. Sanz1981

    Sanz1981 Occasional commenter


    Do you have a direct link to the course you did? I cannot find it anywhere. It would be a great help.
  2. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

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  3. casper

    casper New commenter

    Hi Dauralora. yep I left teaching and retrained as an acupuncturist. I absolutely love it.I went back to uni and took a degree in acupuncture, it was tough but worth it. Could you do Supply teaching for a bit while you look around at what you would like to do and give yourself some time to think. I did this and it really helped. Best of luck.
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  4. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    Good to see you again! Xx
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  5. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    I've been working supply as I do another degree through the OU, I'm getting near to the end of it now and getting ready to move on to the MSc I want to do. I've got a few things that I'd be happpy to do work wise and I keep my eye out for them whilst I get these qualifications done. The plan is to see if I can use them to get a job, if I fin something before then great and I'll finish the studying out of interest and if not it's another area I can look for work in.
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  6. youmakemesmile

    youmakemesmile New commenter

    There are some great courses on the Udemy website that go into detail about how to get into copywriting etc
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  7. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    You could also become a Social Media Manager.
  8. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    Glad to hear you're happier! did you do tutoring through an agency or self employed? Is there plenty of work or is it competitive?
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  9. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    Glad to hear! I think I'm partly afraid to quit because of the security. Is it ok managing three different things?
  10. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    I think supply would make me even worse! I'd worry that the unpredictability and behaviour might be really bad for me.
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  11. tsarina

    tsarina Occasional commenter

    I run my own private limited company, so am technically employed by an agency - but its my agency with only 1 member of staff. To be honest unless you are pretty good at accounting it is probably easier to be a sole trader and self employed. I don't need to work for an agency because I can get students very easily...there is nothing they can do for me that I can't do myself.

    I think it depends where you are, NW london and SE herts has plenty of work, but the trouble is fitting them all in the narrow slot between they come home and bedtime. i don't really think very well after 8pm:)
  12. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    Doing what exactly? ☺
  13. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    Im hooked. how do I go about working abroad?
  14. StrangePanda

    StrangePanda Occasional commenter

    I'm in my eighth year of teaching abroad in an international school. It's not ESL but the subject I did my degree in and taught at a UK comp. I couldn't be happier... it offers an amazing lifestyle, wonderful students and excellent benefits. I love coming to school in the morning and never have that awful Sunday afternoon feeling.

    It was a real revelation when I first moved: I could suddenly do all those things in the classroom that I had been trained to do; kids would work individually and/or in groups and have discussions on topics as instructed and they would take note of and use the feedback that I gave them. I rediscovered why I became a teacher.

    My headteacher encourages people to rest when they are tired/feeling overwhelmed and he is happy for me to take time to attend my daughter's events at her school (for which 100% of the fees are covered).

    It sounds too good to be true, and of course I work hard and there are pinch times during the year but it really is the best move I've ever made.

    I got on the circuit by applying through TES jobs international section.
  15. simon43

    simon43 New commenter


    A good place to read about experiences is on the 'Teaching Abroad' forum.

    Bear in mind that there are good, average and mediocre schools, and good, average and mediocre experiences. I would suggest that you do some research about working abroad, before jumping in.

    Having said that, I think most forum members who work overseas have had a positive experience.

    In my particular case, although I am qualified to teach higher level Physics and Maths, I deliberately chose not to teach these subjects, opting to teach EFL to young learners. The reason for this could be attributed to laziness! I knew that teaching a high level, technical subject would require me to spend long hours planning lessons and marking students' work ==> less free time and probably more stress.

    I could earn a higher salary by being a subject teacher. But to be honest, I'm very happy to accept a lower salary for a stress-free job. I am the only foreign teacher at this school. No-one observes my lessons, no-one assesses me, I'm not required to provide lesson plans, nor set homework, nor set tests or exams :) I am employed solely to improve the students' listening and conversational English skills, and accent/phonetic pronunciation.

    The local Myanmar teachers use the 'Way ahead' series of books to teach written English, grammar and vocabulary. I follow on a lesson or two 'behind' to make sure that all the children understand this, and are able to speak confidently about these new topics.

    I used to work in the UK, (albeit not in teaching), and the stress from daily commuting in and out of London was enough! Now I cycle 20 minutes to work on a warm day, with almost no traffic, and in a clean air environment.

    Of course, I should add 'your mileage may vary', and I've had some ups and downs in my teaching career. But I left the UK in 2002 and have no intention to return.

    Please send me a message if you have any specific questions. Otherwise, why not post a message in the 'Teaching Abroad' forum to get feedback from other teachers?
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  16. mrssmithysrat

    mrssmithysrat New commenter

    I got out last April as was working til gone midnight every night, had no spare time to spend with young son or husband and was constantly told how bad I was at my job leaving me thoroughly hating my job.

    Took a year out to have a baby then started looking for work. Knew I wanted part time office work and luckily a support services role came up at a local charity. I work on reception, answering and directing calls, booking and setting up training rooms, doing invoicing, plus admin support across the organisation. Because they do so many different things in the community the role is varied. I am left to get on with what I need to do and manage my own workload. My managed was shocked that I suggested finishing some bits off at home one day, saying I really didn't have to! Very refreshing. I finish at 1 every day and leave the job behind. I get my afternoons and evenings free to spend with the kids and enjoy the hobbies I had given up on.

    Yes the pay. Cut and holiday is horrendous but we have adjusted our lifestyle.

    I think it's about finding the right company or organisations as well as the job role.
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  17. zencat999

    zencat999 New commenter

    Only just got out of the stress infested rabbit hole - so, I spend most mornings having a long lie and listening to this:
  18. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Hi @dauralora

    Have you had any further ideas, on reading these replies?
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  19. dauralora

    dauralora New commenter

    Seeing people talk about work life balance is fantastic and exactly what I want. I'm just struggling to think of what I can do. I specialise in English
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  20. Moony

    Moony Lead commenter

    On f iday I have an interview for a university technician job, I have had one before but wasn't able to keep it due to a few reasons so came back to supply. However this looks to be my chance to get out again, if anyone is feeling helpful I'd appreciate it if as many things as possible were crossed!!!!
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