Re: Thinking about leaving the profession
Posted by Me too on 10/31/2018, 11:20 am, in reply to "Thinking about leaving the profession"
Been there, done that. |
Going into finance is one option. I went through a very extensive application procedure with a big financial planning firm (you've heard of them) and was offered a job. Ultimately I turned it down, because the hours wouldn't have been any better and I don't want to do door-to-door sales. If you think that might be a good fit, teachers are generally good candidates for that sort of job, and it pays really well. They were going to start me in the $70K range and promised 6 figures within 2 years. Top earners are in the $300-400K bracket.
You could also look into travel companies, fundraiser companies, anyone you've seen exhibiting at TMEA. They love to hire former band directors. I don't know that those hours are any better.
Ultimately I left my job as an assistant at a big HS (you've heard of it, perennial finalists at SMC) for a small private school (you've never heard of it). It was a pretty big pay cut. My budget is non-existant. However, at the private school I have practically zero discipline problems, the administration is awesome (aside from the budget), and because we don't march I get to home in the afternoons.
If the issue is time, look at private schools, middle schools, or schools that don't have the big competitive culture. You won't have a huge band that can blow down walls with a concert F. Nobody will hear your name announced at SMC, you won't win honor band. You WILL still make a difference in kids lives before you go home at 3:30.
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.