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After having a very tough time of things at wwork in recent months and a lot of soul searching i made the decision to cut my hours dramatically at work. In the meantime i applied for a management position out of teaching and was thrilled and suprised toget it. I start at the beginning of February but Im starting a handover one day a week during January. Im staying at school for January 2/3 days a week as needed doing sen work only- trying to get a terms work done in a month. Ive been teaching 14 years and was in slt so obviously there is some trepedation attached to my decision. Im leaving a decent pension, good holidays etc The pay in my new job is still good though.
Has anyone else left for another career or knows of people who have?
Good luck casper. What you retraining as?
I've been reading these types of messages for years, having felt the urge to leave myself.
Well. I finally quit my post in the summer. People thought I was insane. I left a well paid job on the SLT for supply!
I have 26 years left until retirement, and there is no way a 66 year old me can teach classes of kids. A full days teaching is like putting on 5 one hour variety shows to 150 different kids! And I've got to be as enthusiastic as Steve Irwin for each one. I find it utterly exhausting now, I'd never make it to retirement!
When I eagerly joined the profession 14 years ago I didn't realise that it was a young man's game. I thought it was a job for life. But I don't anymore. Sure I could grit my teeth for another ten years or so, but then I'd need to go part time to cope. I wouldn't be playing golf on my day off. I'd be marking, or planning, or replying to emails and analysing data. A part time salary for a full time job.
I want something that I can do full time until retirement, and that I might be able to continue to do past retirement age.
I am considering a Masters at the moment to bridge the gap to writing or something totally new like the green energy sector.
Good Luck All
Seems a lot of New Years Resolutions to get out of teaching going on?!!!
Am looking around myself so hopefully something will come along before the year is out? Really can't see me putting up with this nonsense for much longer??? Looking at the posts on here I suspect there is an increasing pool of disaffected teachers entering (or trying to enter) the job market.
Good luck to one and all.
Good luck compassman! Sign up to every job alert you can. Job hunting is time consuming but ultimately it is worth it. You are right about part time too- i tried that- marking and planning around doing washing, tidying up and schools runs tended to be the order of the day!
Let us know how you get on! 14 years seem to be a popular point at which people have had enough. Im in my 14th year now.
No I haven't, the thought of starting induction makes me feel physically sick, so i really don't think teaching is for me! Never say never though!!
I'm also in my 14th year and thinking of leaving! I have been in a leadership role and recently moved to another school to do a TLR role so it's a bit of a drop in responsibility but still full on. I don't like being a manager I've decided! I don't think I have the energy to do this until retirement.
About 8 years ago I did leave teaching for 6 months and worked in a hospital as a physio assistant with a view to retraining. In the end, I couldn't afford to retrain so went back into teaching via supply. I've changed school so many times but never really been that happy and am always thinking of ways to leave. Might stick this out for another couple of years whilst maybe trying to do some writing on the side and built it up. Still fancy retraining as a physio or OT but not sure I could afford that.
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