Re: Different job
Posted by Noticed on 6/30/2021, 9:13 am, in reply to "Different job"
I noticed a few people that posted on this while they left briefly they ended up back in the band hall. I left and have no intentions of going back but I didn't leave from burnout. I left for personal reasons. |
To those looking to get out, the grass isn't always greener. This isn't popular but while educators work a lot they don't work all year no matter how much you stamp your feet. If you leave teaching and get an office gig you get a few weeks a year vacation. If you go to an office you actually have to show up all year long. I love what I do and have flexibility so my job has some of those "summer" perks that I enjoyed while in the classroom. But I don't get extended breaks, (whether you argue about it being paid or not). I am expected to work 235 days a year and even an occasional weekend. When I was teaching I had a 6 to 8 week window that I didn't answer to anybody. I could leave town or I could stay home. But for an extended window I was free. That doesn't happen outside of teaching. And before you argue, look at your social media feeds. I see a LOT of teachers freewheeling it all over the country, (and kudos to them for doing so), without being chained to an office, a phone, email, or a classroom.
Pay might be better and it might not. Benefits might be better and they might not. Just because you leave teaching doesn't mean you walk into an executive position with an expense account, 4 weeks vacation, and a staff to do your bidding. If you leave, I highly recommend leaving earlier rather than later. Younger folks have more time to gain ground in their new field and work towards management. Leaving at 50 or 55 it is really hard to find your way into management. Younger folks stick around longer.