Hi Everyone, I am three weeks into my first year of teaching at a local private school. As of yesterday, my best friend who owns his own business has offered me a job to work for him. I would make $4000 more dollars a year plus an end of year bonus. Id also work Mon-Thurs 8-5 and Friday 8-1. It seems like a no brainer to take the job. The only thing holding me back is that i LOVE my students. 99% of teachers would kill for the kids I have, I never have discipline issues and they are all so intelligent and fun to be around. My unhappiness with the profession comes from the extremely long hours. Right now Im working 10-12 hours a day, i know everyone says th first year is tough but there are many veteran teachers who say the long hours never end. I dislike always taking my work home with me, and as if I wasnt busy enough with actually teaching, the state thinks I have all the time in the world to complete their yearly requirements for my resident educators license. If I could spend from 7-4 teaching and call it a day I dont think id ever leave. But I can't help but feel there might be better more lucrative fields out there waiting for me. Im 24, graduated with a 3.9 gpa, and I know I can be successful at whatever I do. I guess I need some advice from current teachers on whether to take the job and run or give it a year. But the extra money and less hours is very hard to pass up.