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I've posted about this in the careers sections of the forum but haven't had much of a response so thought I might get more here. I am currently at the end of my 3rd year on supply after completing my probationary year. I'm almost 30 and feel like I'm still waiting for my life to start due to the lack of a permanent job. I get plenty supply work and have had various long term posts (just about to start another taking me up to the summer) and feel I shouldn't really complain as I know there are plenty people struggling to get even supply. However, I find the whole supply thing very lonely and for the first time am not totally looking forward to going back to work in a few days when the holidays are over. Anyway I have basically decided that if I don't secure a permanent job for after the summer that I'm going to have to change careers but I haven't got the faintest idea where to begin. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and my postgrad in teaching and don't have a clue what I can do with that. Ideally I don't want to have to take too much of a pay cut, although I know I'm unlikely to find something that will pay quite as much, and I would like to do something that I find reasonably interesting. Also I really don't want to have to go back to uni/college to retrain as I feel like I was a student for long enough and my life would still be on hold if I did that.Basically I was hoping someone on here might know someone who has been in a similar situation or even have been themselves and be able to possibly offer some career change ideas.Thanks in advance for any advice.
Hmm...I'm putting my thinking cap on for you.... . I can totally sympathise I did nearly 2 years on supply before I finally got my perm contract and it just grinds you down and grinds you down. There's only so much of it you can take before it really starts to affect you mentally. In fact, I had decided that if I didn't get the job I'm in now I was giving it up and doing something else.
Have you got any experience from before? If you have been on supply for 3 years and did probation that takes us to about 26 - usually you would graduate at 22, what were you doing in the gap?
There are lots of jobs which don't require subject specific degrees - how about working in the media or civil service? Are you mobile at all or confined to a specific area? I would suggest you have a good think about other possibilities and maybe you could enquire about some 'work experience' during the summer holidays (even just a week or 2 in different places to give you an idea).
Have you looked at LTS/HMIE/SQA for vacancies? This would at least allow you to stay within education.
Last thing I would like to say is that teaching is not the be all and end all. That doesn't make it any easier to 'admit defeat' as such. Try to think about the pressures we are under at the moment - changes to t & c's, pension cuts, curricular confusion, rising expectations, possibility of re-accreditation and losing some of our holidays. Other careers don't sound so bad in that context!! However, you may have to accept taking a pay cut (in the short term) and being more flexible at the start to successfully change career. Good luck.
Do you mind me asking are you primary/secondary/which subject? Have you tried England? I'm sure you will have exhausted all avenues mind you. I know a couple of people your age who have recently got on to Graduate Trainee schemes with big companies. I really hope something turns up for you.
Ed Psych interest you at all? I'm sure with a degree in psych, that would be a good start?
Did look into ed psych, one of the first alternatives I thought of, but as already mentioned it takes quite a lot of further training, especially as my degree is only a bachelors and not an honours. If it wasn't for that it would definitely be a possibility.Thanks Marcus I'll have a look into that. Have applied to be a primary transition teacher in a local high school, hoping that might be a job which would get less applicants than just a class teacher job.Really appreciate people taking the time to reply with some great suggestions
Good luck in all your endeavours. However I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg and the current school system will lose a great deal of very talented people if it continues down the corner-cutting, cost-cutting and morale debasing downturn.
Oh - and introduce a mandatory qualification for 'Faculty Heads'/PTs that emphasises morale and human resource management. There's a good Scottish education system.
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