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Re: Thinking about leaving the profession
Well...Im 59 years old and been doing this for years. I was in your shoes once. 12 to 16 hour days, waiting on that last child to be picked up, the long bus rides, 105 degree weather, etc....i am still doing all of that but i pulled through. I learned that if I embraced the entire school then I was going to be OK. I did just that. I really embraced the school and everything that goes with it. This may only work for me but it sure did give me a lot of peace during my struggle. And now...I see myself a whole lot differently.
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.