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Feel like quitting my PGCE

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by charlie_garrill51, May 14, 2019.

  1. charlie_garrill51

    charlie_garrill51 New commenter

    I’m currently in my final placement on PGCE but very ready to quit. I am currently staying at my placement until 12th July (university didn’t have a placement for me so I was delayed by seven weeks!) and then will immediately need to submit everything on 15th July.

    The pressures and the workload make me feel overwhelmed. My anxiety is at an all time high, I barely sleep and come home every night crying. I just don’t feel like it’s all worth it and feel like I don’t want to even continue in the profession after this.

    My biggest concerns are the financial implications - do I have to pay back my loans/bursary? Also, should I see out the last few weeks even though my mental health is at an all time low?
  2. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Less than 8 weeks to go! Stick it out.
    Prepare as much as you can for submission now, so that you only have bits to do in the final week. We had a girl on our course who had prepared everything and submitted it whilst the rest of us were just thinking about it.
    I don't know where your placement is but, generally speaking, there is a lot of pressure at this time of the year: phonics tests/ KS2 SATs/ KS3 SATs/ GCSEs/ A levels/ Btec submission. This pressure should lift during June and there should be lots of fun activities. Life should get easier. And hopefully more fun.
    I think you will still have to pay for your student loan even if you drop out. However, this will only be when you are earning over 21k a year. It is not an immediate problem. Don't know about the bursary. Someone on here will know. Your PGCE will be a useful qualification to have even if you don't become a teacher. Your training course will always be a useful experience.
    Make a calendar and cross off the days. It's about 41 days. You can do it.
    Plan a nice treat for the end of July. A holiday or day out somewhere. Then take life as it comes.
    Good Luck
    pepper5 likes this.
  3. lentils22

    lentils22 New commenter

    I totally agree with what Saluki has said; if you possibly can, it would be better to try and keep going to the finish line, which is very much in sight! You may not be sure that you want to stay in teaching at the moment, but having the qualification may be very beneficial to you in the future. For example, I don't know whether you currently have kids but if not, teaching can be a great option to combine with having a family because of the holidays and the flexibility to work locally and part-time. Or if you went down the tutoring route you could advertise that you have QTS. In any case a completed qualification will look much better on your CV.
    The workload is indeed overwhelming especially when you're also having to think about the PGCE work. Just try to "do the next thing" and focus on getting enough sleep and exercise to combat the stress. Half term is only 10 days away...
    All the very best for the next couple of months and for the future, whatever you decide. I'm sure everyone on here is rooting for you xx
  4. Threlope

    Threlope New commenter

    I was in the same boat as you with thinking about stopping for various reasons and I decided to 'suspend studies'. It was the absolute best decision I made and I have not looked back or regretted it for a second. Now out of it I see the situation much more clearly and realise how consuming it is in every way. I totally disagree about teaching being compatible with family life and I also don't agree that you should put yourself through it if you don't want to. Put yourself first and most importantly, put your health first. If you are sure it's not for you, however long is left, life is short, don't ruin your physical or mental health for that job, or tick off precious days trying to get to the end of some course you know you don't want to pursue as a career. It's not worth it in my opinion. Yes you have to pay back the loan, no you don't have to pay back the bursary. You're quite close to the end now so only you know if you can see it through or not (and yes you'd have the qualification which will always be useful and mean you are paying for something at least) but just knowing the turmoil I went through making the decision myself I thought I'd give you the alternative view point from experience, and knowing what everyone told me which was to continue, tick off the days etc. I saw it like I had learnt a great deal, and had had experience teaching my subject etc. Whatever you decide to do, remember it's just a course and it's not the end of the world if you decide it's not for you and if you do decide to continue, it's not permanent and it's definitely not worth giving up your own wellbeing for.

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