I apologize if you have already read this post in the General Education forum...I have yet to receive a reply yet and thought this forum may be beneficial. Hello!! I'm interested in leaving my teaching position and pursuing a position in higher ed. I do not have a masters degree. I live in a city with several colleges and universities. I have applied and interviewed for a few admissions positions. My plan would be to accept a position if offered and go back to school for my masters. My questions are for previous teachers that have moved on to higher ed. I'm really interested in becoming an academic/admissions advisor. I went into teaching because I enjoy building relationships and rapport with students. My current situation is extremely negative and I teach over 400 students per year. I'm a single mom working two jobs and I'm afraid to leave teaching because I feel like that is all I know. Does that make sense? I'm afraid I'll make a mistake giving up my summers and moving to an 8-5. I struggle with depression in the summers due to the lack of schedule I have. I also would need to take a possible 10,000 pay reduction. Can anyone who has moved on to higher ed (non teaching) please reply and provide the positives to leaving your teaching position please? I'm so afraid of making the "wrong" decision leaving the classroom. The final issue I have is the state I live in. We must resign from our teaching position by July 10th. If we resign after that date, we could have our license suspended for a year. I know some schools let teachers resign after that date. My school is not one of them. I have been looking for positions since April. I have found it is much more difficult to leave the teaching profession due to our contract year. I have seen many positions in higher ed open throughout the school year, but I could not break my contract mid year. I really appreciate any advice and replies to my situation. I'm not sure I can handle returning to the chair throwing and being sworn at daily. I have applied to other districts, but I'm afraid with the few years I have already, I may be at that point where a new teacher is much less expensive. Thanks everyone!!