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Moving out of teaching...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Bonnie23, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter


    So this is just a thought thread. I have a new job and I'm sure that all of this is just nerves. However I've heard such bad things about our head about how he can flit from one mood to another that it's beginning to unsettle me. If you've read any previous posts you'll know that I am wanting to move to Scotland to be with my parents.

    I keep looking at my life, I'm working from 8am - 7pm or later every weekday and then at least 5 hours on a Sunday. I can't help but think... is it worth it? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE teaching, I love the reactions, the inspirations etc but at what cost?

    Basically I'm wondering what people have done after they've left teaching? Maybe I'm in the wrong spot for this because I imagine most people on here are teachers.

    What sort of jobs did you go into? Are you in different areas of education instead? What about pay?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A lot depends upon existing financial commitments. I was only able to contemplate leaving full-time teaching early for other things once the mortgage was fully paid off.

    You might get more of a response by re-posting this in Workplace Dilemmas.
    slingshotsally likes this.
  3. cleggy1611

    cleggy1611 New commenter

    I was dht for 7 years. At the end I absolutely hated it and resented every moment I spent working at weekends and on a night. I'm a manager of a clinical team in the NHS now and it's great. I don't do any work outside my 37.5 hrs unless I choose to and if I do I always take the time back. Not as good a salary as dht but still enough to enjoy myself and half the hours. I'll never go back.
  4. acertainsomething

    acertainsomething Occasional commenter

    there are a lot of over committed people in the cemetery. concentrate on what makes you happy.
    les25paul, sebedina, Mermaid7 and 2 others like this.
  5. NellyFUF

    NellyFUF Lead commenter

    18 months after taking early leavers - I am beginning to recover - and my last post was a great job that I liked and not so stressful - but
    today I enjoy my family, the sunshine and the world around me.
    It has taken a lot of time to see how badly I was doing.
    Get another job. Any job will see you through. And enjoy life.
    Dragonlady30 and cuteinpuce like this.
  6. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    No one ever said teaching was an easy option.Even 30 plus years ago when i started life in schools was fun and enjoyable, you still had to put the hours in to get the work done........admittedly not as bad as today but i uses to mark frees and lunchtimes to not take work home,I used to do planning as home and find /make own resources( no banks of resources like today) no computers, etc.
    At the end of the day you need to decide what YOU want.Teaching has its joys in the relationships with children and adults....but it now has huge stress(one could argue undue stress placed there by management)Either way its there.
    If you are an NQT i suggest you stick it out till probation is finished..if completed then think though the alternative eg
    teach in a hospital,teach abroad, teach in the NHS be an advisor, set up your own advisory service,
    or leave the job and use your skills to get on in other places such as working abroad in a job or voluntary etc etc.or in an alternative occupation such as the NHS suggested already.
    Go to workplace dilemma and see if the advice on what teachers can do is still there.or your skill abilities.
    To leave is easy.to find a job you really like is not so easy.
  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    This week has been very hectic - I've been very tired every evening

    I fell asleep before dinner last night and didn't wake up until about 10 pm

    I was awake at 4.30 am this morning

    But I would never do anything else !
  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    One thing that teaching teaches us is to be effective time managers, how to multitask, how to present ourselves before an audience, how to plan and execute, prepare written materials and presentations, how to give feedback and how to manage others. We are generally computer literate and have a good knowledge of office software. Many will have specialist skills in terms of science, numeracy, literacy or languages. There are employers who would jump at the chance of recruiting as ex-teacher. You may have to start at a more junior level but if you are prepared to work hard (but not as grindingly, health-breakingly hard as you do at school) and capitalise on your skills by being efficient, trustworthy, a motivator of others and a provider of good ideas (like what you do in your teaching job) you're rapidly going to get noticed and start climbing up the company ladder. Having worked outside of teaching I often look around at the work my colleagues do and think that if I ran a company and this was my work force I'd have it made!
    SLouise91 likes this.
  9. Laughing234

    Laughing234 New commenter

    Con gratulations! How did you do this, did you have qualifications relating to the NHS?
  10. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    There's lots of relevant skills and/or qualifications needed in the NHS- mine come from my engineering background before I went to univ. before I became a teacher and before I left teaching.
  11. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    If you still love it - then you're probably better off where you are.
    When you reach the tipping point of the bits you don't love outweighing those you do LEAVE!

    In my case I am a time served engineer who later went to get a degree & PGCE when I wasn't sure what to do next after a short stint in accountancy training. I had a decade in the classroom, but like you was doing silly hours and the behaviour meant I wasn't getting much pleasure from the job. I fell back on my earlier training. about 30% pay cut- only working 37.5 hours a week and actually enjoying many aspects of the work. ( design, manufacture, modification and some repairs) The job has changed in the last decade so I do fewer of the really fun bits- but still I wouldn't go back.

    My wife recently left teaching (about 15 years) after her workload surpassed yours. she's gone to join a training scheme in the NHS probably 60% paycut but only 40% after qualification- she also wouldn't go back.

    Not sure if that's going to be of any help.
  12. Motherofchikkins

    Motherofchikkins Star commenter

    I was a Secondary Music Teacher for 5-6 years.

    I started teaching later in life after being a musician, (after getting a Diploma in Building Surveying) and then due to various shoulder problems had to give up music as a career, moved to Australia and did some admin/ medical reception work which I enjoyed. Then I studied for a BMus/BTch degree by distance ed.

    I had this idea, from a musician's perspective, that not being able to perform effectively myself, that I could go into schools and inspire children to pursue music as a career. Oh, I faced my first year 8 classes, and thought "How wrong can a girl be?"

    Still, I stuck it out for five years.... very possibly the worst five years of my life.

    I then did a Certificate in Business Admin, another in Bookkeeping, and do work in a shipyard which most days I love.

    I love:

    Getting up and not thinking "Oh fekk! What have I got on today?"

    Having a lunch half-hour and not having to work during it

    Not being sworn at.

    Leaving work on time.

    Not taking work home

    Not having to plan for work when I'm not actually at work.

    I admit there are things I do miss about the actual teaching to the kids who were interested, but I wouldn't go back.

    And the pay's definitely not as good, but the peace of mind is worth it.
  13. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    Hi, I was surprised to see this post being revived!

    Just an update. I'm still in teaching and at the new school. I do think I'm doing less hours but the biggest thing is that my mental health is a lot better now. I do sometimes consider moving out of teaching which I think we all do but I do still love my job and teaching so for now I think I'm pretty good where I am.

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