I finish teaching at the end of the month. What a massive relief. My PGCE year was tough. My NQT year was horrendous and I don’t think I ever recovered from that. My big fear was.. What job would I get if I left teaching that would be: 1. Fulfilling 2. Of an equivalent salary (not as important as no.1) There are many aspects of teaching that I loved. Being in the class room was great. Working in a close department was great. Seeing students leave school and go on to succeed was great. I imagine anyone reading this that has taught will know full well the reasons why I don’t enjoy it and I don’t really want to go in to the work life balance debate (mainly because there is no debate to be had in my eyes). What I did want to focus on is the fact that there are opportunities outside of teaching. I probably applied for 20+ jobs. I had interviews for around 10 of them. I was successful on my 3rd interview. What I learned was: 1. Persevere! (Don’t give up if you don’t hear back or you’re unsuccessful). 2. Teachers are in demand! I think that employers understand that there are genuine reasons to leave teaching and are prepared to offer decent jobs. My job in the civil service requires organisation, leadership and the ability to communicate well. These skills transfer across to many different industries and I have had interviews with a wide range of employers. I suppose my message is really: if you are unhappy teaching but scared about what comes next; be confident, get applying, and persevere! Good luck!