Hi, I've been thinking for a while now that teaching prehaps isn't for me. I'm in my last year of a BE.d programme - I love the theory, I love working with children but hte workload scares me. I've had brilliant teachers over the last four year placements but they all seem really worn out and overworked. I look at them and just think that I don't want that to be me. I know that some might think I'm sounding lazy but I just don't feel I can give my all to teaching. As I say I love working in schools but the workload at the end of the day really puts me off, when I'm on placement I get home start work then go to bed at about midnight and I just think - where's my life gone. On placement I can cope because I know it will only last X number of weeks. I stubled across a job near me in a National Trust property as a learning assistant and thought that sounded so perfect, working with the children, working in 'learning' but without so much of the stress. I have a aprt time retail job and love that when the doors close at the end of the day I can go home and not have lodes more work to do. I'm 100% committed to finshing my course and trying my best at it but after that I just think maybe I should look at other areas. What do people think? Are there any success stories out there of people doing a simialr thing and finding a fab new career? I absolutley don't mind working hard but I think prehaps I needer better / stricter boundaries for home vs work. I've spoken it through with my parents and they seem a bit supportive but I think they just feel I'm having a bit of a 'wobble' and that they might actually be really dissapointed if I didn't become a teacher. I know this is a really long ramble with not much for people to reply too but I just want to be able to get some constructive ideas/ talk as I'm a bit all over at the moment.