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What to do after teaching?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by AmieLN, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. AmieLN

    AmieLN New commenter


    Long story short, I have been teaching for three years and I've left. I love the actual teaching, I love working with children. I do not enjoy all the rest of the profession. It is draining all the additional work.

    Currently I am teaching French as part of PPA cover one afternoon a week, however this is not financially viable (I am taking home less than £150 a month). The job is ideal as it is teaching one of my specialisms from diversity without tonnes of marking and planning. I have asked for any additional hours but none are coming my way.
    It would be great to be a primary school French teacher, but it seems this career path is a lot harder than secondary school.

    I am not sure what else to do job wise. Working one afternoon a week is work yes but it's not financially viable work. I rely on public transport too.

    Any former teachers with advice or what jobs you do now? Do you enjoy them?
    thesmoothgroove likes this.
  2. lucysl26

    lucysl26 New commenter

    I did the PGCE in 2015 and worked for 1 term as a secondary school French teacher. I left after 3 months due to the workload and behaviour and got an admin job working for the civil service. There are opportunities to develop and a whole host of jobs available so I’d recommend having a look online. I must admit I miss the variety, creativity and rewarding side of teaching. I’m finding it slightly boring at the moment and missing the classroom environment a bit!
  3. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I also left teaching for a Civil Service post. The work maybe is less varied then teaching but so much less hassle and your leisure time is your own. Plenty of opportunities to develop if you look for them and I have no intention of going back to being a teacher.
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  4. minceandquince

    minceandquince New commenter

    If you enjoy teaching languages have you considered working in an EAL/ESOL role in a school or privately?
    Often less work than being a mainstream classroom teacher.
    Jen26 likes this.

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