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Leaving and not looking back!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Teacher_abc123, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    After much soul-searching, I’ve decided that I’m off! I only did three years (plus the PGCE which nearly killed me!) but the damage done is such that I need to walk away. Time to look for something different ☺️I don’t feel like I’ve failed at teaching - just that I didn’t work out and that I can finally put it to one side.
    Good luck to everyone grappling with these decisions
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi Teacher

    Many congratulations on making a choice for a new start.

    Nothing you learn is ever wasted and there are many jobs where your skills and knowledge will come on useful.

    Please be assured you sre not a failure and to do four years is quite an achievement so be proud of yourself.

    All the very best for your new start whatever that might be.
  3. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I hope all works out well for you in the future. As you say, you gave it a go but it wasn't for you. I have always advocated that our young people deserve to be taught by enthused, interested, motivated teachers that have balance in their lives and indeed, many are happy wit their jobs and their students undoubtedly benefit but for many it's just a relentless struggle from one school holiday to the next.

    The recently announced 2.75% above inflation pay rise does little to redress the 10 years of frozen pay and 1% pay rises and the fact that the payments must come from existing budgets means even worse working conditions and loss of staff. Teachers generally do every thing they can for their students but the government (if the current shambles can be considered to be governing) just try everything they can to make that harder.
  4. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    Congratulations. 3 yrs is 3 yrs too long in my book..
  5. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Think teaching failed you not you failed at teaching
  6. lovejoy_antiques

    lovejoy_antiques Senior commenter

    Hope you find a job you enjoy and pays enough to cover your bills. Leaving a full time post is daunting, however your PGCE and 3 years experience leaves you a lot of moves on the chess board away from ever ending up on the streets. I've not had a proper job for three years but have never missed a meal or a mortgage payment! There is always work on supply that you can dip in and out of. A PGCE is a great safety net I don't ever regret getting that qualification!
  7. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    I feel guilty for saying teaching failed me...but, what the heck! Maybe it did :)
    Marisha, pepper5, vannie and 4 others like this.
  8. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    Leaving jobs, changing careers is normal. You have not failed.
    A friend of mine started life as a checkout girl at Sainsburys. No qualifications. She ended her working life with loads of qualifications and worked as a CBT therapist both privately and for the NHS. I don't need to list all of the jobs and qualifications that she had along the way.
    You have a degree and a PGCE. You have lots of experience which you gained from teaching : people skills, admin skills...etc. The world is your oyster - Go for it!
    agcb256, pepper5, agathamorse and 9 others like this.
  9. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    Teaching is just a poorly paid job. Sadly it does create some martyrs who end up feeling chuffed if they lose their home life, sanity and sense of reality. It also creates stressed out workers, low paid employees and depression. You are escaping - well done!
    agcb256, Mrsmumbles, jarndyce and 5 others like this.
  10. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    You did well, statistics say that 5 years is the maximum for a lot of people! Hope that whoever you decide to do instead goes well for you! :)
  11. catbefriender

    catbefriender Lead commenter

    Good luck on the other side!:)
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Changing careers is not such a big thing. You gave teaching a try and there is no dishonour in deciding it wasn't for you.
    Good luck with whatever you do next.
    Do ensure that you keep track of your Teachers' Pension. There may not be much in there, but it will add a little to your retirement funds in the future.
  13. Progressnerd

    Progressnerd Occasional commenter

    Good luck! I lasted 4 years in the state sector - couldn't have done any more. It was hell. Now in the private sector and slowly enjoying it again.
  14. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter


    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    Congratulations on lasting as long as this.
  16. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    Thanks folks. It does feel good to walk away from something bad. I used to think it was worth staying and fighting for change, but now when it started to make me ill!
    amye_prendergast and pepper5 like this.
  17. Egghead19

    Egghead19 New commenter

    Would love to know what you're doing? I've been an English teacher for 14 years and am now truly desperate to get out (to give you an idea of how desperate, I've just been on the 'Samaritans' thread...), but I cannot find anything to go to as I don't have experience or qualifications in anything else. I feel utterly trapped.
    pepper5 likes this.
  18. Teacher_abc123

    Teacher_abc123 New commenter

    Hi, I’m so sorry you’re feeling this way. To be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing next, but I’ve got settlement agreement money to keep me going until the end of September. I’ve also got Supply to use. My partner doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to get by just in case.
    My goal is to look around to see if there are any jobs involving HR or admin in universities, colleges, public sector or private. But while looking, use supply to keep some money coming in. I’m fortunate in that my pay cut is not be too severe because I only taught for three years.
    I think there will be lots of things you can do with all your experience, but it’s always easier for other people to say that isn’t it? Good luck :)
    agathamorse, pepper5 and jlishman2158 like this.
  19. Cooperuk

    Cooperuk Senior commenter

    With the amount of people leaving teaching, and the lack of people joining / lasting very long, I think we can agree that the education sector is failing MANY people at present:


    All of us.

    Best wishes for a successful future - teaching is something you could come back to once the disaster which is the education sector in the UK is resolved!
  20. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I'm off on Wednesday. 11.25 to be precise. Can't wait.
    The profession is sinking fast and plunging headfirst into a crisis from which it will take decades to recover from.

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