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Re: Career Change
Attorney who does contract work for large corporations. Her hours vary but she has more time off than I do as a band director. The number of hours is actually irrelevant in this case, but it's not the get up at 6:00 am and not get home until 1:00 am like band directors during football season. And I can also tell you that she is paid for all of her time worked without "extra duties as assigned."
What does she do?
I work from home. I have periods of low work and periods of high. The misconception for those working from home is it is fewer hours. It isn't. It's just different hours and flexible. I bet she puts in a lot of hours to make that kind of cash.
My sister has her own business, works from home ans earns 6 figures. She takes off when she wants. I get two weeks off for Christmas, she gets a month, for one example. Teachers often have the "we've got it made and others work harder" mentality. All careers are not as you describe.
There are lots of possible gigs out there. As others said, elementary music or beginning band only will significantly eliminate the evening stuff. Middle schools can also be more stable with more consistent evenings home.
Consider this - no career gives you as many weeks off as teaching, (and before those of you that want to argue jump in with the "it's not paid time off" argument it's still TIME AWAY FROM WORK). Most civilian gigs (as I call them) give you a few days, (Christmas, New Years), and 2 to 4 weeks off. You work 48 weeks a year. If you are after family time the middle school route where you have a few weekends and evenings but gives you 13 weeks of not having to be at work might give you more time than you think.
If you are happy with music and teaching I would explore those options.
I've been thinking a lot about changing careers. I don't have any complaints about where I am currently at- I just want something that is 8-5 so I can spend more time with my children. Any advice on where to start looking?