Hi everyone, I would be really grateful if you're able to let me know the realities of a couple of issues relating to teaching, I am considering a change of career... Currently I work in medicine. I find it pretty tough as the hours are very unpredictable, if there's a medical emergency (as there is every couple of weeks) I'm contractually obliged to stay at work beyond 5 and try to help with the situation but this means that I am unable to pick my son up from childcare (a shorter commute is not possible). Also, the on-calls are very stressful involving numerous night shifts and 28 hours spent working over weekends- and possibly Christmas. Also, there are hundreds of hours outside of these working hours that you have to spend in private study to try to pass the professional exams. So those are my reasons for of thinking of a change. It can be pretty hard leaving medicine in some ways as it's a very specific kind of job, so never having worked in the corporate world I'm not sure how transferable my skills would be. I have a couple of specific questions about teaching. I know that this is also a tough job with lengthy hours, and high levels of responsibility. I'm thinking of trying for the primary route.. Would people say that it's fairly straightforward to get a part-time role? Also, my understanding of the hours is that you would likely need to be in school by 8am and could leave at 5pm and then probably have another hour of work to do in the evenings and some hours at the weekend, is that fairly accurate? My hope would be that if I could get a part time role then I could fit most of these additional hours into my 'non-working days'. Many thanks for any info!