Hi, I've just started my third year of teaching however I have decided (after months of thinking about it) that teaching is not the job for me. I enjoy working with kids and I do enjoy teaching but I hate everything else that comes with it and I feel that something is missing. I have decided that this will be my last year of teaching. I am really interested in pastoral/child protection/emotional well-being and I feel that as a teacher, I am not able to play this role as often as I would like, therefore I would like to pursue a non-teaching career in this role. There have been many tears over the last couple of days and although I have made the big decision at the age of 23 to leave, I'm still not 100% sure of my next move. I just know that it's not teaching. I have expressed my decision to my head and she has been incredibly supportive and has suggested that I need to have a good think about what I want to do next. I have decided that I am going to continue teaching this academic year and keep looking at jobs in the meantime to get an idea of what I might want to do. I am aware that there is a pay difference between pastoral and teaching however I just want to find a role that I am going to be happy with. I have a degree in Psychology but I am hesitant to go back to uni and do any kind of postgraduate courses as I would like to stay in employment as I am currently saving for a house. Ideally, I would like to go into pastoral care but I would just like some advice if possible about what my next steps should be.