Hello everyone, I have just been offered a new job outside of teaching but still within the realm of education. Finally, I have found somewhere willing to match my current salary in a job outside of teaching! Leaving teaching has been something I’ve explored for about 6 months now (after 6 years in teaching, currently as an AHT with 10% teaching timetable) but now it’s actually happening, I feel ‘stuck’ on a couple of things. In the grand scheme of things, I know they aren’t real deal breakers, but I just wanted some thoughts outside of my family and friends. They all think I should go for the new job (if I don’t take the leap now, I never will and I agree with that) plus the potential to earn significant money here is higher... The below points are my ‘stickers’ and are currently refraining me from signing on the dotted line and resigning. I do need to make a very timely decision soon though, by Friday at the very latest so any thoughts would be welcomed: - getting used to having less time off work. The annual leave is essentially halved (although I do know I now will have the flexibility to take it WHEN I want which is a huge bonus!) - sounds silly, but being able to leave at 3.30 on a Friday - maternity options: my partner and I are probably 2-3 years away from wanting to try for children (however at my current school the maternity policy is similar to most businesses as it’s a private school so either way I’d have to leave my current school to benefit from the state system) - I commute by car at the moment and would have to commute by tube when not working remotely (eugh), but I also have to consider the financial implications of this as I’m tied into a car lease. As you can see, it’s time I value the most. There are lots of advantages: gym on site, free (good) lunch, ability to work flexibly which teaching will never ever give me. I just need some more perspective before I make this huge leap. Thanks so much to all in advance and sorry for the mighty long post!