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Lost my job and am considering a career change. Where do I go from here?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by ross_antonia, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. ross_antonia

    ross_antonia New commenter

    I was recently told that my contract will not be renewed and I will be without a job as of the end of December. I've been on extended probation for around 6/7 months and have been struggling to deal with the workload and stress in trying to keep my job.

    I thought this would be a good time to reassess my career choice as I love reading and sharing information and am comfortable working with children (11-16). However, with teaching I feel like I sink too much time and emotional effort for very little job satisfaction/praise (which I realise now is something I need in a job to keep being motivated).

    I know this might seem childish or premature but I'm under 25 and teaching was a career I was guided into as I didn't know what else to do or where else to look.

    I'm limited by my location (Basildon, Essex), money (aiming for between £22,000-£32,000+), and lack of experience (so it's basically a walk in the park - ha ha :( ):
    • A year and a term at an Independent school teaching English.
    • A year at a State school teaching English.
    • A PGCE in Secondary English (11-16).
    • A 2.1 English & Education degree from a top 5 university in the UK.

    What careers would you suggest? How could I gain experience/appropriate training in those areas?
  2. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    You will hate me for doing this - one English teacher analysing another teacher's words, but...

    You "love" reading and sharing information, but you're "comfortable" working with children. If you're perfectly happy not in a career that involves children, then there's a lot open to you.

    There's a range of graduate schemes available. I don't think most of them have an age cap anyway, but you're young enough that you shouldn't stand out too much, if that sort of thing bothers you. I really would google 'graduate careers' or graduate schemes to have a look. The Civil Service is also worth mentioning.
    agathamorse and mothorchid like this.

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