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Posted by my story on 9/29/2019, 9:32 pm, in reply to "bd
When I had my fill of students/parents/admin early in my career, I took a few years off. During that first summer I went to a temp agency and got an office job. When I proved myself, I was hired full time by the company. Of course it was a big pay cut. But I really enjoyed it. I was responsible for my own work, not dependent upon the cooperation of so many others. If I happened to be late to work it was no big deal. If I needed a day or two off, I just called in and didn't have to create miraculous self-explanatory lesson plans and hope my students didn't devour the poor sub. I met wonderful people. Had leisurely lunches. Took breaks. Went home relaxed. I did this for several years.
Eventually I returned to music education, but did so with full knowledge of the sacrifice it takes and with a plan to keep it all in perspective. I had ample time to search for the right school and didn't have to take the first job that came along. I highly recommend my path to anyone who can type upwards of 70 words a minute, loves computer work, using databases, internet research, preparing documents, editing audio/video, etc. Working in an office job was a time of healing for me that I believed worked better than all the counseling, diet changes, or medications available. It was also a period of time that allowed me to continue maturing and set meaningful goals for a good life.
I know this has been discussed on here, but can anyone on here list other career venues? Seems I will be looking before the school year ends. Any help will be appreciated.