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Want to leave teaching but what job is suitable?!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by vintagelover123, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. vintagelover123

    vintagelover123 New commenter

    So I started teaching in 2016 (currently in my second year) and am feeling that this is not the career for me. The school is constantly talking about having no money, I’m finding the workload ridiculous and am often spending my evenings and weekends planning. I received very little help in my NQT year and feel like now I am expected to know exactly what to do with no support at all. I feel like a lot is required but little support is given e.g. LSAs to carry out interventions etc.
    At the age of 22 I feel like this is not the life I want to live! But I have no clue what to do instead!! I do love planning creative lessons and their are obviously elements I enjoy, however feel like further cuts to LSAs is only going to make the job even less enjoyable!

    Obviously I have the teacher skills of organisation, management of the class, IT skills, data analysis, strong communication skills with the children and their parents. I like working as a team but am happy to work independently too!

    Prior to teaching I did a lot of promotional work for well known brands, worked in a restaurant, worked as a receptionist (on a sunday whilst I was at sixth form), so I feel I also have good customer service skills! I also made and sold necklaces whilst at uni to fund my nights out / holidays so am very motivated and hard working!

    My personal interests are vintage clothing, or just anything vintage really, shopping, going to the gym, socialising, going out for dinners, travelling the world and so on.

    SO basically, has anyone left teaching for a completely different career and have any good tips for me?

    Sorry for the life story!
  2. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Well I would say as you've only worked in one school try a different one but to be honest it's the same everywhere. If you like travelling why not consider teaching abroad? It might be totally different.
  3. vintagelover123

    vintagelover123 New commenter

    Thank you for your reply, I was considering supply work because I thought it would be a good way to check out schools I might want to work in and also would be less workload. Travelling and teaching would be amazing but I wouldn’t want to leave my boyfriend behind
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    If your username is your real name you might want to change it in case anyone from the workplace is looking in.

    As far as alternatives go, my advice would be try to diversify in the short term - don't put all your eggs in one basket. Supply might be a start as there will inevitably be gaps to fill where money needs earning by other means. The time I spent on supply was rarely more than 0.6 fte, so there were spare days in the week.

    I'm at a different end of my working career to you but when I decided I'd had enough I did supply for 4 years whilst getting other ideas together. Now I apply my existing skills and experience to guiding people round a museum, freelance work in schools, and selling vintage stuff (not clothes or housewares though). Teaching makes you confident and sympathetic when dealing with other people and helping them find out about things - not everybody has that advantage, so capitalise on it.
  5. vintagelover123

    vintagelover123 New commenter

    Thank you very much for your comment, yes I think supply would be a good idea due to the fact it wouldn’t be every day, so like you said, a chance to try out other jobs! I have also changed my name- thanks for the heads up, that was a bit silly of me!
  6. red_observer

    red_observer Star commenter

    Don’t ask me...

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