I am essentially a first year HR person. My salary is just shy of what I made after over two decades in working in education, WITH a masters!
So, I no longer have summers off. Guess what? I no longer need them. This is the first May I can remember where I am not exhausted and hating life. My Facebook memories show me day after day of monster-sized to-do lists, uter exhaustion, and just waiting for the end of the year to bring me sweet release. I can remember entire months of June where I was like Goldie Hawn in the rainbarrel (Overboard) just sitting and staring at something mindless going ba-ba-ba-ba-ba.
Here is what I've gained:
I work from home.
I can flex my time to work around doctor's appointments and the like
I can take PTO and go do something interesting at off-peak times. (I'm planning a trip shortly after labor day)
I close my laptop at the end of the day and walk away, and I still have enregy to do things like housework or whatever at the end of the day.
My benefits stink, but they're still better than what the district offered!
The busiest day's I've experience - where I was lterally doing two jobs at once - was less stressful than a regular day of teaching.
I have started to overcome my dread of emails - at school they tended to mean that I was in trouble or I was given anoher inane task.
I can go to the bathroom when I want.
My lunch is an hour - or I sign off 30 minutes early. Whatever. As long as my tasks are done.
My boss seems genuinely interested in my succeeding.
I use some of my extra brain space to advocate for teachers and support my teacher friends.