Re: Time to Give Up?
Posted by Not everywhere on 8/26/2020, 3:23 pm, in reply to "Re: Time to Give Up?"
I left teaching and took a pay cut. I have said for a long time teachers aren't always underpaid. I was making over 75k. I worked a ton of hours but I know other people in similar teaching situations that didn't put in the hours I did. People don't like to talk about that "unpaid" vacation but the reality is, even as a high school director, I was getting 10 to 13 weeks off a year. Yes it was unpaid but it was time away from work that I could do anything I wanted and was making more in fewer weeks than working in the real world. Now I get a few weeks vacation, (though I do get weekends and I don't have to deal with admin or parents). |
I enjoyed teaching. I enjoy what I do now as well. Plan for retirement, (TRS is bonus money in my retirement plan), and regardless of what you make you can have a good retirement with good planning. If you want to teach, keep at it. Every job and every career has pluses and minuses.
For me - teaching meant working with kids and music, being on a similar schedule to my kid, making pretty good money, and most importantly having those weeks when I didn't have to answer emails or texts and I could just exist wherever and however I chose. Downsides were definitely expensive insurance and no matching or flexible retirement funds.
My new career offers flexibility, not working weekends, better benefits, and off season vacations when all you are working in the classroom but with that comes only 5 paid holidays and a few weeks of vacation, plus lower pay.
Look big picture, not just dollar signs. I will say, with this move my quality of life is much improved but I'm also at a stage of life I could afford to make less money. If you are 22 and 100k in debt you might not have that flexibility. Being debt free opens up LOTS of options!