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What can I do instead of teaching?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by excitableashell, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. thanks snowboarder..I will settle down to read that when I'm feeling better and not anxious about work!!! I know that one of the positions in there is or was my dream job! I just read person specs and because I can't fill all the essential criteria I don't even try. Also, some years ago, I DID go for the type of job, working with kids in a different context. I got to the interview..my feedback was positive: I gave really good, thoughtful answers and have good ideas BUT someone with EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH KIDS IN A COMMUNITY CONTEXT won out. Another time, I really felt that being a 'conventional' teacher (if that's what they call it!) was a hindrance NOT a help. Feel institutionalised.

    LDGICT - I'm ten years older than you! No mortgage and sole earner in household! So there is pressure, a lot of it from me feeling that I am too too old to start back on the bottom rung of any ladder. However, look around at career development loans, think about takin in a lodger (if you have space) think about what you really want to do and, in a few years, you would turn everything around and STILL be in your twenties! My parents were the same, but having seen and heard how tough the job can be, they've really changed and now just want me 'to be happy' and really that's what your parents want for you too. MOST importantly it's what you should want for yourself. Is it the job? Or is it your school? Could you research what else you could do? Could you combine this something else with private tutoring? Or part-time work/training with day-to-day supply? (tough! I've done it before, but it helped pay the bills and the thought that i didn't have to return to some of the schools day after day kept me going!)

    ...breathe easy...
  2. I have just left a permanent post. I was part time after having kids but it was still too much pressure, juggling both. I do need another job but need to fit in round 2 young kids. OH v supportive, a star in fact. Taking payment break from mortgage for some breathing space. Had 2 interviews in 2 weeks but self esteem v low at moment. Applied for perfect job but didn't get it. Keep going over app in my head,how I could have done it better. OH says I need to take some time to relax with kids and get confidence back but am worried about future.
  3. Oh it's so therapeutic to read about other people on the same wavelength!! Can't remember which poster did the rant in capitals at the end but it is exactly how I feel about teaching. Am on half-term and spent today wishing I didn't have to leave coz there's so much I love about it, but then remembered how ill it makes me feel and know i have to get out before it's too late. Too much marking, classes too big, too many kids get away with too much too often etc etc SMT patting themselves on the back and never giving you any credit for anything, grr!

    Anyway, have applied for job at Connexions but didn't get interview. Disappointed but determined not to give up. Just remember that looking for a job is a depressing business but we've all been through it and we all got a job in the end so DON'T GIVE UP!! Even consider a pay-cut as a stepping stone to what you want to do, there are ways and means round most things.

    Fingers crossed for us all! xx
  4. ayo


    I did 6 years in one school, through a new relationship, bereavement, and traumas we all have to face, and was supported and happy. I left to go abroad, it didn't work out, returned to an inner city school and within one term was totally destroyed as a teacher and physically unwell. I left my home (with mortgage) cats, husband and step-daughter and moved to the Middle East. Here I found a school with small class sizes, little paperwork, friendly and mostly polite students and sunshine for 90% of the year.

    Now, 4 years on, I am returning to live with my husband and wondering how to pay the mortgage. I am resigned to going back into a 'normal' school locally with all the problems I will face readjusting, but I am hoping for some other job to leap up and fall into my life! Does anyone know anything about 'alternative' schools? I heard about the Steiner schools but they don't seem to have a secondary school in my area.
  5. boing - sorry to hear you didn't get an interview for the Connexions job. My Connexions job was at the second attempt; I think I've said that!
  6. Still on my quest for the perfect job (along with many more of you on here - so nice to hear it is not just me and maybe I am normal after all!!)

    Hoping for some advice now from anyone who may of used a recruitment agency either nationwide or in the local area. Am wondering if they could help me get on the right sort of career ladder but I don't know quite what their role is or if they are any good. Do I just 'call in' or do I have to make an appt like an interview. Will I have to do any of the psychometric test things? etc etc

    Also, can anyone recommend guidance on writing a CV. I didn't realise how specialised our teaching applications actually were. Can anyone point me in the direction of someone or something that could help? And how do I go about selling myself when I have all the skills needed for the job except for example 'sales/business experience'.

    I am beginning to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel but this is now holding me back!
  7. Hi there,
    Have finally handed in my notice today! Feel so much more relaxed already even though I don't have a job to go to.
    After two year was really getting me down and I was always ill. Hoping of getting my life back now. I'm in my twenties but was feeling about sixty.
    Can't wait -no more stressing!
  8. I desperately keep looking for jobs, but the good ones are all in London... I'm in the South West! I can't afford a drop, so I feel stuck in my job (Golden Handcuffs!!!)
  9. Go to iresign.com. The drop in wages might not be as bad as you think and once you get your foot in the door of a big company, your teaching/training/supervisory skills will definitely come in handy. You will probably get promoted really quickly.
    Don't stay unhappy. Life is too short.
  10. I can not stand my job anymore. I had a lot to offer when I first started, but I'm now bored and have to concentrate on so much extra curricular instead of teaching. I have been bullied in my job before and been signed off with stress by the doctor before.

    I am currently studying for my YMCA Exercise to Music qualification and plan to change career gradually. Has anyone done that? It is a drop in wage but I plan to do more modules so I can teach other classes. Fitness is a passion of mine and I know I will get more out of it than been stressed out over loud kids!!!
  11. janemk

    janemk New commenter

    I'm doing that, wildwoman. My counselling training will take 4 years altogether (started in Sept). Am now doing day-to-day supply, deciding when and where I work and having time off when I want to do my coursework. Am currently loving my freedom and can still earn a reasonable amount, without the whole package of stress/workload that permanent post teaching gives you. Depends where you are though as to whether you can enough work/cope with the potential instability. (I say potential as I am seeminly in great demand and having to turn work down!)
  12. But, janemk, don't you get sent to really crappy schools with difficult kids who don't want to learn you subject (MFL, isn't it ?)? I'd be tempted by the idea of doing supply but not having to face some of the classes in local schools that I hear about.
  13. Sorry, "your"
  14. Valentina, on Supply you usually have to teach any subject they need you for that day.
  15. janemk

    janemk New commenter

    Guess how many MFL lessons I've done in the month I've been supplying - 3! I prefer not teaching MFL - it's fantastic being able to teach completely in English and I've pretty much covered every subject in existence.

    Some schools are crappy. That I will not deny. However, I had a plan which seems to be working. I did everything the supply agency wanted for the first 2 weeks, got a good reputation with schools and then put my foot down. Now they're desperate to keep me, schools ask for me by name and I can pretty much go where I want. ;O)

    Honestly, I said I would never set foot in a school again when I left a year ago, but you learn very quickly on supply and with the right approach it's manageable. I just love the freedom I've now got, and it's nowhere near as bad as permanent teaching, partly because you can have a rest midweek if you need one, and there's no planning/marking if you do day-to-day only. I was home at 3 today!

  16. Hi to everyone on this thread.

    I'm another one looking for Things-To-Do-That-Are-Not-Teaching (or at least not as I know it at the moment) this year and have been following the posts on here.

    Trying to remain optimistic but a bit down and frustrated at the moment as I'm not really getting anywhere despite my best efforts!

    Like lots of people on here, I'm trying to be a bit more creative about possibilities but money is an issue.

    Has anyone had any luck yet? I'm hoping to hear some successful stories of escape (or even just one?) to cheer me up! (Janemk, you've almost made me rethink supply as a temporary solution although I've always sworn against it).

  17. I've posted many times on these boards about my career change. Supply was brilliant for me as it allowed me to do some training and build up new skills whilst still earning.
  18. I too was beginning to feel the daily grind of full-time teaching last summer but rather than just quit the job decided to go part-time whilst setting up a home based business I was introduced to. My thinking was if you don't like what you are doing them change and do something about it!! Happy doing both now and whilst I do miss certain things about being full-time (eg. own class etc) running my own business is just as challenging but financially it is more rewarding. If anyone it interested in doing something different then click below or drop me an email.


  19. chaucer73

    chaucer73 New commenter

    pyramid selling??
  20. Wow - so many people with problems that are similar to me and have been for about 10 years!

    I was a social worker, loved the buzz but got burnt out.

    Did a PGCE, loved the children and teaching but hated everything else - pressures of PGCE put me off for life.

    Now working at a special school, with 16 weeks off a year and a comfortable wage. But slightly bored.

    At the end of the day, all jobs have their pro's and con's and it's about finding one that suits you the most, without expecting anything to be perfect.

    Questions that have helped me when I have become 'ill' from jobs - Can I go part-time? Can I make a life outside of work so that a 'career' is not the be-all-and-end-all?


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