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Not sure I want to teach?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by nellen93, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. nellen93

    nellen93 New commenter

    Hi everyone!
    This is my first post on here- I have done a lot of reading over the years but never posting!
    I am an NQT (qualified July 2015). I did a 4 year BA QTS course and received a 2:1 with a distinction in teaching practice. Last year I applied for many teaching jobs and had 6 interviews but was unsuccessful in all of them (usually because they had students on placements at the schools who they wanted to employ). Since September I have been doing day to day supply teaching which I have had a generally good experience with, but I haven't been good at coping with the uncertainty of work, no holiday pay and last minute calls! Because of this I decided to apply for a nursery assistant job which is a maternity cover until August, with the intention to apply for teaching jobs for September in the mean time. I started at the nursery a few weeks ago and I love it!
    Even during my degree I have always questioned whether I actually want to be a teacher- I love working with children but I don't feel I am strong enough to cope with the work load and stress. I want to leave work at work and go home and enjoy my family, hobbies, friends etc which i feel is impossible for a teacher. Working at the nursery has made me question it further- I am really enjoying my time there and it has made me remember how rewarding working with children is. I am not saying i want to be a a nursery assistant forever as the pay is about half of a teacher and I am extremely over qualified, but I am also really unsure I want to be a teacher. I have looked into room leader/nursery manager/deputy manager roles and these really appeal to me.
    My dilemma is- should I try to get a teaching job and complete my NQT year then re-assess how I feel about teaching, or should I look into alternative careers? I feel a lot of pressure from my family to go into teaching as they were so supportive while I was at uni and they warned me not to get complacent at the nursery and to only do it as a temporary thing until September. I also feel like I chose to go to uni when I was 17 and I had no idea what I wanted to do, only that I wanted to work with children. However if I never did go into teaching I think a part of me would always think 'what if...', as I know I do have the potential to be a good teacher.
    Overall, I just want a job that is fun and busy/ challenging but not to the point of stress. I don't want my life to be based around work!
    Sorry for the long post, any advice or wisdom would be much appreciated!
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    How about working in a school nursery or reception class? You would be a teacher, but the EYFS curriculum might be more appealing to you than working with older children. I can't promise you it isn't hard work, though! But it might be worth giving it a go and seeing how you feel.

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