Post # 1
I live in the NorthEast and it is sooo difficult to get a teaching job the way things are. I have thought for some time about moving onto another profession, but not sure what I would be qualified for. I have had six years of elementary teaching experience. Have any of you moved onto another profession after teaching? Thanks!
Post # 3
@MacFaniam24: I was going to post a thread similar to this earlier but about how many teachers have stopped teaching because they hate it. I only qualified three years ago so did 2 years full time teaching 14 – 18 and I didn’t always enjoy it. I hate planning and preparation, it bores me to tears so coupled with other teaching stuff I left in the Summer 2009 without another job to go to, which I know wasn’t the brightest thing to do in the current economic climate, but I wasn’t happy. I’m now doing supply teaching or substitute I think it’s called in the US. It’s ok but I need more money so am now applying for any job and I really miss adult company.
Post # 4
I’m currently a nanny right now since I got laid off from my teaching job. Schools in my area are laying people off, downsizing, and teachers are getting more and more frustrated with the way they’re being treated.
Post # 5
@MacFaniam24: My SO is a teacher and after two years he’s thinking of moving on, at least to another district. He loves kids and loves teaching but the demands his school place on him drive him insane (and he in turn drives me insane haha). It makes me sad to hear about your situation, though. Where in the northeast are you? I’m wanting to move there for my own career reasons but I don’t want SO to have to struggle for work, as well. 🙁
Post # 6
@MissHoneyBun:I’m in NJ. I will be moving at the end of the summer…not sure where husband is finishing up his PhD. It’s tough anywhere in NJ and I think PA too.:(
@Treasure43: I got laid off too due to budget cuts. It’s really rough. I’ve thought of nannying as well…it’s tough knowing you deserve more than that though.
Post # 7
I got laid off due to budget cuts after teaching for 3 years. It is still tough and I returned to retail management for work. While I don’t love retail it makes me happy for now. I’m also in grad. school working on a master’s in counseling. I would look into the social service field, or some time of corporate training/HR.
Post # 8
I too live in the Northeast, NY to be exact! I graduated in 12/05 with a degree in Childhood AND Special Ed. along with a minor in educational technology. I was certified to teach 1-6 general and special education. I placed NUMEROUS applications after graduation for three years. I never even scored an interview. I graduated with a 3.8 GPA and did everything I was “supposed” to do in order to be marketable. It’s such a bummer. I never went back for my Masters because I can’t justify the cost without any teaching positions being open.
As for the new career path. I have switched to working in the human services field. I have held four positions in this field. It is very challenging but very rewarding. There are civil service positions within local government such as CPS, Preventive and Foster Care positions. I am currently working for a not-for-profit agency that I love! I work with families that have a child diagnosed with a mental health issue in order to try to stabilize the situation. I use a lot of the skills that I learned in college, which is nice. I regret going into the education field 🙁
Post # 9
WOW to all of this. Everyone in my field goes in teaching because those are the ONLY jobs. YIKES.
Post # 10
My dad was a teacher… a very long time ago. A H.S. math teacher, he left and got into insurance underwriting. He did that for a few years then switched to sales. You have great experience at talking in front of crowds, managing the crowd, speaking parents, planning. You have a ton of skills you just need to find something that sounds interesting or .. that’s hiring. If it makes you feel better i know one person that graduated with a major they are actually using.