Having left teaching because of the ridiculous workload (and appalling behaviour of kids) I was offered a newp/t job very soon afterwards, which I love - I also love the extra time off. Recently I was headhunted for another job within the organisation, and one I could do alongside my current (p/t) job. it went something like: "Oh, you'd be brilliant at this"; "We could really use your skills here, you've got everything we need"; "We could sort out the extra hours for you"; "You'd pretty much do it whatever way you wanted" and so on. The job is certainly something I could do and would enjoy, and would be an additional challenge.... and I love a challenge. So why, after several days of thinking about it and all the interesting ways I could do the job, and the extra money and the kudos, did I decide not to take it? Because I realised that just because I can do the job, and just because someone else really wants me to, it doesn't mean I have to! Teaching is full of people being asked to do more and more, to fill in gaps, take on extra tasks, help colleagues out etc, and being made to feel guilty, if not worse things, if we don't, especially if we have skills or qualifications in that area. When I told the job vacancy line manager I wasn't going to take the job her reactions was "that's ok". And I know it will be - nobody will treat me any differently. How different and how refreshing from the world of school!