(Closed) Slowly seeing this career isn’t for me. Any advice bees?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

@embanes21:  Maybe you can translate those skills into a professional tudoring facility, like a Sylvan learning center or something like that. At least then you wouldn’t be dealing with a room full of children at once. Instead you could work on someone one-on-one, and actually have a rewarding outcome by tracking progress.

Post # 4
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s good that you figured this out early. 

My advice to you is before you go on to any graduate program–especially any graduate program that you have to pay for–make sure that you like the field and the opportunities. So get out and work for a bit. 

Education is a pretty broad field. If you liked early childhood education in school but didnt’ like it in practice, then it’s possible that you like teaching, but not that age group–I could never work wtih little kids, but I love working with teens. It’s also possible that you like talking about educational theory but don’t necessarily want to be in the classroom. So maybe something like research or administration or advocacy is more your speed. You won’t know it until you start investigating what’s out there, though. I’d start with the people that you work with right now–maybe they have some advice or have other connections. 


Post # 5
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with a PP that you shouldn’t go to grad school when you don’t know what you want to do. It may seem safer to go back to school, but if you’re not careful, you could end up in a similar situation again later on.

Look for volunteer work, job shadowing, and internships in related fields that you qualify for. Get some experience and figure out what you really want to do. Then, decide if it’s something you can transition into or if you need to go back to school.

Post # 7
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

@bothcoasts great advice…basically what I was going to say!

Post # 9
5405 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes and don’t forget research, administration, even higher education…lots of education related fields!

Post # 11
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Do you think it’s that you don’t want to work with kids at all or that you don’t want to work in a classroom environment? How about exploring other options like being a school counselor? Maybe you’re not interested in the “corralling” of children but you might like one-on-one interactions? I’m not exactly sure what a BA in early childhood qualifies you to do but there have to be other optionsm, right? 

I would not get another master’s just to get one. This experience should teach you that you need to test out the waters before spending so much time and money to prepare for a career. I would work for a little while to figure out what you want to do. Best of luck! 

Post # 12
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t really have any advice except to say that I feel you and am in a similar situation. I just graduated with an elementary education degree and am working as a teacher’s assistant in a program at a huge school for students with dyslexia. I’ve run through such a bevy of emotions this year, from good to bad to everything in between and worse. It is a challenge. A HUGE challenge. And when I worked with early childhood last year, I wasn’t stimulated enough. And now that I’m applying for teaching positions for next year I’m questioning why I ever went into the field of education in the first place, setting myself up for so many different types of career challenges and such an emotionally and physically taxing job. But in the end I suppose this was my calling so one must follow such things. Although I’m freaking about performing my model lessons when I interview. 

Post # 13
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

@embanes21:  OR could you do social work? 

Post # 16
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t know your situation, but I am planning to be a middle or high school teacher… and right now I work in early childhood as a teacher for 2 yr olds.

I like the kids. Not my ideal age group but I enjoy them. However, I hate my job. The way the place is run is sad and at times, horrifying. My coworkers are also catty b****** and spead lies and gossip every chance they get.

I know that public school will have it’s own frustrations and challenges, but I am looking forward to an environment that actually allows me to focus on the kids I work with and to TEACH. 

Is it possible you might like working with older kids as well? Try volunteering with them or tutoring.

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