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Ex teachers - what do you do Now?

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

  1. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    You'll certainly never be short of customers.

    I'm reminded of a long-established family in the village where I grew up. They were farmers, builders, and undertakers. Food, shelter, and death - addressing the basic essentials. All they needed was a reservoir and they'd have had it cracked.
     
  2. klavender85

    klavender85 Occasional commenter

    I have been looking at jobs at day nurseries, some have been privately owned and name brand businesses. The pay is a lot less but it looks to be a lot less work. All I want is a 9-5 Mon-Fri job, with no fuss, life is too short. Has anyone worked at these types of places? Since schools are now turning into businesses, why not work at one eh?
     
  3. Gsr25

    Gsr25 Occasional commenter

    In one sense you wouldn’t be taking as much home but in another sense you would still be exposed to the same politics as you would get in aschool.
     
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  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Another option for keeping your hand in with teaching but more on your own terms is offering one-off specialist workshops to schools and other organisations on a freelance basis. For starters, home schoolers are always grateful for specialist input.

    eBay is also your friend, if you can find a market niche and a ready source of supply.
     
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  5. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Good for you. The Kafkaesque way you were treated was simply appalling. Good luck in finding a new career but first have some time to yourself to get over your ordeal.
     
  6. Katiekash7

    Katiekash7 New commenter

    Could you let me know how he went about this? Something I think I’d be good at

    Thank you
     
  7. jaq35

    jaq35 New commenter

    Are you worried at all about sorting holiday childcare? This is the main thing stopping me thinking about a job in new sector but I would love a change. Stories like yours inspire me
     
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  8. Catjellycat

    Catjellycat Occasional commenter


    I’m leaving at Easter. My new job has 30 days leave plus bank holidays and I can take two weeks unpaid. This all works out at 4 weeks less than school. But the trade is I won’t fall asleep on the sofa every night. I’ll be able to go to all performances/assemblies/random meetings. I’ll be able to take them to school and collect some days (flexi time). If I work over my 36 hours, I can take that time back. It’s a better deal all round.
     
  9. jaq35

    jaq35 New commenter

    Thank you for replying to me. This is really reassuring. Saw a job that I would love to do with similar annual leave but due to resignation dates I didn’t go for it. Hopeful if I leave in summer something will come up again. Just got to be brave and take a leap....
     
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  10. spinning_wheel

    spinning_wheel New commenter

    Just been reading this thread as I’ve got to the point where I have to leave teaching. I am unhappy and stressed because of the constant scrutiny and never being good enough. I have a young child to bring up and I don’t want her to see me so unhappy.

    My contract ends in the summer. I intend to do supply whilst I research other careers. I have no idea what career options are best for me right now but I hope to be on a different path in time.

    Well done to those of you who have got out!
     
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  11. kstickley77

    kstickley77 New commenter

    Don't forget you have many skills that are transferable to other industries
     
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  12. jsandever82

    jsandever82 New commenter

    I gave up teaching in 2014, after a difficulty in returning to work after maternity leave.

    I worked as an apprenticeship assessor between 2 FE colleges, which I absolutely loved. However as a new assessor the support in my 2nd FE college was appalling. Sadly I gave up a job I loved due to bullying by head of department.

    I then took a job as a HLTA, starting to think WHY! Sadly my current role expects a lot from us and I feel like we are cheap labour instead of paying out for PPA teachers. My timetable is pretty much 80% teaching, which I don’t really want . I would suggest going for a HLTA role but check out what the expectations of you will be as all school varies.

    I’m currently in process of looking for health and social care/ childcare teaching roles as ideally that’s what I’m desperate to do.
     
  13. klavender85

    klavender85 Occasional commenter

    Have a look at private day nurseries ( there are even some 'name brand' ones) I got a job at one and it may be less pay, but there are less responsibilities.
     
  14. kstickley77

    kstickley77 New commenter

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  15. klavender85

    klavender85 Occasional commenter

    ooh! Fantastic site! Thanks for that! Is this a new website/concept?
     
  16. pgcemfl

    pgcemfl New commenter

    I dont know if you'll even see this. It's an old thread. So you were languages. What is your current role? I'm RQT in languages. Mulling over moving out of teaching before pay creeps higher



     
  17. evemurphy111

    evemurphy111 New commenter

    I'm sorry you're having such an unhappy time. I left teaching 7 years ago and set up my own business. I am now Creative Director [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] and have a much better work/life balance than before. It s admirable that you feel loyalty to your school and fellow teachers, but your own health and wellbeing must come first. I hope you find that makes you happy. Take care and good luck.
     
  18. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I've just googled your company and it seems a great idea to get little kids away from screens and actually doing something. It also looks like a lot of fun coming up with ideas to engage the youngsters. Well done for setting up a successful and rewarding business.
     
  19. evemurphy111

    evemurphy111 New commenter

    Thank you so much; that's a lovely comment to receive. I returned to teaching for a brief half term of supply to help out a friend 3 or 4 years ago. I was staggered at the impact of smartphones, social media, and childhood mental health and activity levels. Lets hope this might be a step in the right direction :) Have a lovely day
     
  20. kstickley77

    kstickley77 New commenter

    Yes they are a new company, they have just started a jobs board. The 39,000 views on this thread shows the need for such services.
     

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