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Looking to change career from teaching to ??? help please

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by jellybaby2009, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. jellybaby2009

    jellybaby2009 New commenter

    I trained to become a teachers in 2010 and although it's not a career path I would have chosen, I have enjoyed many parts of the roll. After studying psychology, I became interested in child development which led to me taking redundancy and working in primary schools as a support worker. I later took post in a secondary school as a learning mentor and loved helping and supporting young people. However the position evolved and I found myself doing teacher training and have now been working as a teacher for over four years. I don't mind the excessive workload and I think I can honestly say the amount of work I take home is finally starting to reduce to a reasonable level. However, I do feel that I was never cut out to be a teacher and often feel like a square peg in a round hole. I also don't agree with the focus being all about results and league tables and data, and this seems to be the focus of many school environments. I do prefer the pastoral side and the caring / supporting of young people with specialist or emotional needs. I've thought about other career choices, such as working in specialist schools, SENCO or even educational psychologist, but I seem to lack experience or need training in such specialists fields and I'm not in a position to resign from my position and study full time.
    I just wondered if anyone had any suggestions or advice?
    Many thanks in advance.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there!

    Yes, there are other possibilities.

    I want to leave teaching

    Do read that article from the Professional Advice Hub. And I am attaching a few documents that may be useful too

    Best wishes


    Attached Files:

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  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter


    You may find it useful to get in touch with some colleagues from your graduating class, to find out what they are doing now. They may even know of some open opportunities.

    I do not know if you are chartered but I can appreciate how, as a trained psychologist, you might find the typical school's abuse of data difficult to reconcile with your knowledge and aesthetic. You've the hardest of the social sciences under your belt, consider doing something with that. There is really no need for you to be managed by people who don't know Spearman's Rho from their elbow. Cognitive dissonance will do for you in this line of work so look beyond school.
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