- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I was fired today from my dream job. I teach at the most incredible charter high school – I can’t say enough positive things about how much I love my coworkers and students. I work 12 hours a day, for not so much money. I was included in all the plans for summertime meetings and next year’s classes. My school is in charge of all its own hirings and firings. I’m a teacher in a subject department of four – and they HAVE to have a fourth in this department next year or they can’t run. It’s entirely based on performance.
Today my boss came in: “I hate to have to do this, but I’m not renewing your contract next year. My legal department won’t let me go into detail about why. I can write you a letter of recommendation.” That was it – he was out in about 60 seconds.
I’m 26, getting married in 28 days. I’ve worked in all kinds of positions – SAT tutoring, non-profit education (as a teacher), customer service for a chain clothing store, intern for a political campaigning firm, vice president of my old college sorority – but ultimately my only significant experience is in education, and I’ve just been told that I’m crap at it.
I’m done with putting up with crap from students’ families, working 12+ hours a day plus weekends, and the idea of moving from school to school every year. Teaching today is no type of environment for professionals anymore.
I’m trying not to dwell on the “Woe is me, I’m jobless and getting married in 4 weeks” stage. Instead, my question is – what do I do now? Where do former teachers go when they leave the profession? I can’t decide if I want to work in education non-profits or run from education entirely.
I do know that I want a steady, decent-paying job that I can actually leave by about 5 PM. I’m totally lost right now.