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Re: Thinking about leaving the profession
I am looking at the same thing. I will look at moving back down to middle schools. I looked out of teaching this past year and while we "say" what we do in the classroom sets us up for many jobs it's harder than you think to convince others of that. I had a great resume and a couple of positions that would have been PERFECT fits for both me and the job but getting people to see more than "teacher" is hard. And while we know all the management things we do most of the real world sees us like any other teacher, (no offense meant). A regular classroom teacher doesn't handle the things we do in terms of size, activity, budgets, inventory, planning etc. People looking at resumes and applications in HR though don't always see the difference between a head director's responsibility and a 2nd grade teacher's responsibilities.
Well, Yellowboarders, I'm in the same position many other posters have found themselves in. I'm just not sure this profession is right for me anymore.
There's obviously a confluence of factors (it's never only one thing), but the biggest driver (among others) is time. I'm just not sure I want to do the gauntlet of contests/travel/football/sectionals, etc. anymore. I'm only getting older and I haven't really had time for anyone I care about this season.
Even if it means being a pencil pusher or something, I'm fantasizing about a 40 hour work week and what that feels like.
Yes, I still love my students. That's my biggest hangup. Like with most of you, I think they're absolutely the best part of the job. I would be heartbroken to leave them, but I'm just not sure I can sustain this over a career.
My main question is - what are the avenues? I read every post like this that comes up and people start talking about realty and insurance. I desperately don't want to do either.
Everyone also says the skills we've garnered as teachers, as organizers for large groups, are marketable. Is there somewhere particular I should be exploring that my experience could at least get me in the door?
Sorry for the long post. Just feeling at a loss right now. Thanks for taking the time to read this.