Post # 1
Hi everyone 🙂
I’ve been studying a Bachelor of Primary Education this year, and am currently taking time off to have my first baby next month.
I’m really struggling to decide whether I should return to my studies next year. i have been running a cake business from home the last 1.5 years, but had to stop early in my pregnancy as I just couldn’t keep up with that plus my everyday job.
Now, I do enjoy working with children, and so far am enjoying my course, but I just would really like to hear honest opinions of teachers or even students who are nearing the end of their degree and have done placements.
It seems like I’m stuck choosing between teaching or continuing on with my cake business. I see good and bad things about both, but just always feel drawn back to teaching.
Hope to hear from some of you 🙂
Post # 3
I have a bunch of friends who have just finished or are working on their elem edu degrees. They have really enjoyed the classes and the work thus far! It is hard but they have thought it was worth it. My suggestion would be to finish the classes if you are already part way through, then you leave the option open if you decide to want to teach or do the cakes.
Post # 4
I’m a primary teacher, taught in NZ, then taught English in Japan, and now moving on to (hopefully) teach elementary in the US
Pros: Fun, can be very stimulating to keep studying education (learning about development etc), good vacation, not chained ot a desk.
And heck, having a child learn something they couldn’t previously or be excited about something new is fantastic!
Cons: Very long hours during term time, you are a political scapegoat, little respect, negative and detrimental effects of “education reform” on your ability to offer quality teaching etc.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I finished my qualification in 2010, and never went into teaching. And I don’t regret it at all.
I had a bit of a rotten time during my training, but I felt like I was being watched all the time, the hours expected were ridiculous, and the in-fighting in teams, and the paperwork, was all awful.
Would it be nice to be earning a bit more money? Yes. BUT I’m nowhere near as stressed or anxious as I was during my PGCE, I have more free time, and more flexibility with my holidays – which saves me money!
Of my group of twelve friends who did the PGCE, one dropped out in the final placement, and two others have since quit teaching. So that’s 1/3 of the group no longer there! But I think we all had bad experiences, and it really comes down to the luck of the draw in the end.