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life after teaching...

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by ajkirby1990, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. ajkirby1990

    ajkirby1990 New commenter

    Hi guys. I'm considering leaving teaching and I need some advice. Background info - I am a good teacher, have been given good progression opportunities (NQT to year leader in 5 years) and I love the people I work with. But I can't deal with the stress of producing results, asking chn to learn fairly meaningless facts by rote (I'm looking at u SPAG), the endless marking, the lack of quality time spent with my husband, government meddling/ demeaning/ underfunding, constant paperwork etc. I was hoping for some ideas along the lines of either:
    a) what jobs u think teachers are well equipped for based on our skill set
    b) any experiences from people who left teaching?
    Any help will be greatly received
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  2. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    Much will depend on your subject specialism, any additional training or duties you have done and whether you had a career before teaching. I am sure once you get over the feeling of failure you will be able to identify your own skill set and then research for yourself what options are open to you. Many here can illustrate that there can be a great life after the classroom.
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  3. BTBAM

    BTBAM New commenter

    It isn't really possible to get advice on this. Everyone who I've read about (anecdotally) leaving teaching did a job in a different field before for a number of years and even those people are incredibly vague about what they do now.
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    You could try supply teaching, it gives you all the bits you like and none of the naff stuff.
    However it can be a precarious way to earn a living.

    Maybe independent school teaching would be an option?
    You have more freedom over the actual curriculum you teach and often over which subjects.
  5. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    A number of people seem to leap into the fire of other public services such as the NHS or local authority posts. Looking at your reasons for leaving, I suspect that this would not be for you.

    IMO you need to square a few things in your mind. It's unlikely you will achieve the same salary as you are on now for several years, if at all. Rather than trying to find a job that fits your current skill set, why not think about what job you really want to do and pursue that? If the skills aren't there yet, retrain. Choosing a job based on skills rather than interests seems an odd approach to me, particularly given that the last skills based job you went for has delivered you to this point.
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  6. MisterW

    MisterW New commenter

    You could have a think about whether you could make an adjustment to make your life a little more bearable like changing school or sector, going part time or teaching abroad. But if it turns out teaching isn't for you then you have to do a bit of research to help find a new path. Something education related outside of teaching may be a good idea. Why not speak to a careers advisor? You can still use the careers service at your old university or you could use the National Careers Service. Brace yourself for a drop in pay (focus on getting your finances straight if you're seriously considering leaving). The book below might help. Good luck!

  7. lighthouse_keeper

    lighthouse_keeper New commenter

    I've left a permanent teaching job - we got married and then I got pregnant. I went back to my full-time role for the minimum period I had to (to avoid repaying any maternity pay), but had handed in notice to start a 0.4 role somewhere else. I did this for a few months but I - and my husband (also a teacher) - hated how much time I had to spend prepping and marking, and there was no quality family time whatsoever. I quit the job and was left with no job. 16 months later I am self-employed and work a couple of different roles, all very flexible and I can pick more up or cut back as I feel. I do some private tuition in the evenings, run a toddler group once a week, do some admin for a friend's business and I do some supply. Any of the roles on their own would not be that lucrative, but altogether I am making more money than I was on part-time, and there's barely a exercise book or essay to be marked in sight!

    I never realised what was out there til I gave up regular teaching - but I had the comfort of hubby in a Head of Department role, so that we could still pay bills and mortgage, and we have had a couple of leaner months at the beginning, but I would not consider going back to regular teaching until my son is at least of school age, if ever!
  8. BoldAsBrass

    BoldAsBrass Occasional commenter

    Hi, the best way forward is look at you skill set and think about the direction it could take you.

    A colleague gave up her HT role, then set up a business supporting schools with up to date, ofsted approved, restraint training. Their business is growing rapidly and successful.

    Another friend went on supply, is a well qualified musician. So now plays evenings for shows. He recently got a job as a music peri and is now head of curriculum.

    Loads of options. Good luck
  9. newromantic

    newromantic Occasional commenter

    I know a number of people who have left the profession and developed their own interests or hobbies as successful businesses....freelance writing, art, music and youth theatre. I also know a couple of people who have become successful self employed slimming consultants and love it. Good luck!
  10. Metalhead

    Metalhead New commenter

    It absolutely can be done.

    I left teaching and realised I had to get some credentials in the ‘real world’ so I got a job handling complaints at a bank. I relied on the transferable skills that come with teaching. In my case, I had to speak with angry customers - who were often like a wound up Y11 boy, and write final response letters. I was an English teacher so that was easy. I was, though, at one point told I had used incorrect grammar by a quality assurance colleague. After I explained, as I would to an A-Level student why I was correct, I was never questioned again. I did that role for less than a year before moving to the training team and 5 years later am earning more than I ever would have teaching as I work in digital learning - mobile platforms, AR, VR, AI... it’s exciting stuff and, professionally, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. If I didn’t have the teaching background I’d have been unlikely to excel in the complaints roles and then bounce onwards and upwards to more interesting things.

    It can be done. It’s not easy, but the private sector is such a nicer place to be in. Add to that mix that I work from home most days, the people are fun, plus you can speak as grown ups, and I can’t believe what I used to put myself through on a daily basis.

    My advice? Get out. It will be the best thing you ever did but accept that you need to establish real world credentials. Push those transferable skills at interview.

    Good luck.
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  11. Tinycat1234

    Tinycat1234 Established commenter

    I disagree. There are some clear examples of people who were teachers and have moved on to successful other careers
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  12. stephenwaters

    stephenwaters New commenter

    Hi everyone. After 6 years, I was made redundant in 2011 from my role as a consultant in a Local Authority. I had previously worked as a teacher for 30 years. I developed an alternative career in a number of different directions and hope I can share my experience, including avoiding the mistakes I made, with teachers and support staff to help them to develop an alternative life after teaching.
  13. Chirpy1

    Chirpy1 New commenter

    Your a teacher. Plan, plan, plan your exit. I have decided enough is enough. I have never done anything other than teaching bu that won't stop me. So this Easter holidays I am going to do a skills assessment. I like the idea of following a career and going for it. The world is too big a place to stay in one sector. Think about each stage of the move and just go for it/
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  14. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Well there's a cliffhanger.

    Blog or book link coming? Or counselling and training services? A career change course for teachers perhaps? Come on @stephenwaters - where's the sharing?!
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  15. stephenwaters

    stephenwaters New commenter

  16. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

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  17. pilarsanchezm

    pilarsanchezm New commenter

    Hi everyone!
    I am quitting teaching this coming January because I am moving to Switzerland with my partner. I still need to find a job, but I do not speak German... It's scary... Basel is the city we are moving to, and there's a lot of pharma industry over there, but that's pretty much it. We'll see what happens, I need to trust the Universe and see what's outside this sector!
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  18. Schellens

    Schellens New commenter

    The prospect of leaving teaching can seem very daunting. There is a facebook page called 'thinking of leaving teaching' that is interesting. The attached graph comes from this page.

    I left teaching after planning my escape (Digging the tunnel...) for about 2 years. During this time, I reduced my outgoings, paid off all debts and started saving. Built up a pot of money that would allow me not to work for a year.

    I then asked to go on a sabbatical. This was refused. I then asked to work part time. (3 days) My school said I could go down to 4 days, but over 5 days..(Which to me would mean I would do a full time job for less pay.) I started applying for jobs, and had my first interview last February, for a sales position selling vegetable boxes. (Riverford) Didn't get the job, but the process taught me new skills.

    So, I handed in my notice last Easter. Left on the 23rd of July. Got paid til 1 September. Through a friend I was paid to be a cook at a retreat in Spain. This was a wellness retreat, for people wanting to connect with themselves. Well... i got all my expenses paid for and a small fee, and also had the experience of thinking about my future and myself. I also did 'work experience' and spent 2- 3 days with various friends working alongside them to get a feel for what I like and don't like. (Best was going on the road with my brother who has his own building firm, interesting was working with a friend who is a gardener for a pub, working with my sister in law who owns a clothes shop, and working in a coffeeshop alongside a dear friend)

    I have been applying for various jobs and am currently working in Ikea as a visual merchandiser. The pay is very low and for the first time in years I will be working over the Christmas period. The commute is killing me and I am still adjusting to the new world I work in now, but I know this was the right thing to do for me. I had an interview for a position within a different Ikea store nearer my home, and am waiting to hear about that. Am also going for an interview for a part time position in our local authority.

    I think you will have a lot of transferrable skills. You are unique and will need to build your confidence by valuing yourself and assessing which skills you have. It is easy to become institutionalised and believe you can't do anything else. This is nonsense!

    Be flexible, try different things and just apply. I felt so liberated the last few months and know that I will never feel stuck again. I continue to live a frugal life, which allows me to be free!

    I wish you good luck with your quest to find a meaningful profession that does not cause you unnecessary stress. Best wishes.

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