I finally did it...

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by horned_Frog89, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. horned_Frog89

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    Guys, I left teaching. I did it back in December, actually. It was the best thing I've done for my mental and emotional health. Kids were running that school, and moral was getting bad. My poor neighbor teacher was getting called horrible names by a kid every. Single. Day. And admin didn't do ANYTHING. She'd send him out, and he'd come right back.

    When my principal announced I was leaving, while people were shocked, SO many came up to me asking for advice. Many were saying how happy they were for me, and how they wished they could get out. I'd like to think I encouraged others so leave, as the school is currently experiencing the highest turnover rate is YEARS.

    So it got me thinking, if you're someone that wants out of teaching, what's holding you back?
     
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  3. TeacherNY

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    Good for you!! I think people are held back because they can't figure out what to do next. I think if you want to get out of teaching you need to have a plan in place because a lot of people can't just quit and have no income while they figure stuff out. I'm glad you're doing well! What field are you in now?
    There's one field i'd like to go into but I'd have to go back to school. I might start researching it soon.
     
  4. horned_Frog89

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    I am so very lucky in that teaching was actually a second career for me. My degree is in Accounting, so I am now back in business. I work for the State, so while my job isn't the most glamorous, I got a raise and MUCH better benefits.
     
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    I need 8 years in my state to be vested, then I'm getting out. I'm so close.
     
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    Same with me. I'm wanting a nice state job with no children or constant sickness. Tired of feeling this way every year when August comes around. The long summer break isn't worth it anymore. My school district has turned me off from education.
     
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    Are you sure we didn't work in the same district? Lol
     
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    And that's what holds many people back, they only went to school for education, they don't have a background or any credentials in anything else. I took the alternate route to becoming a teacher because I already held a degree in Business.
     
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    If you want out of education, do it. Like the OP, do it so you'll have peace of mind. That's certainly what I'm going to do.
     
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    I almost left teaching a few times. I didn’t because I couldn’t figure out what else I was qualified to do that would pay at least as well, if not better. Plus, I’m passionate about teaching and learning, despite my frustrations with the field. Teaching was also a second career for me, but my original field isn’t something I really want to get back into, nor would it pay as well if I had to start all over in it.

    I’m actually glad that I stuck it out. I’ve moved on to new schools a few times. Although I still get frustrated, I’m finally in a place physically and mentally where I’m able to accept the frustrations and enjoy what’s left. It was only 1.5 years ago that I paid someone $400 to redo my resume so that I could get out of teaching, and I now can’t even imagine doing something else. It really took a change in my mindset to make it a career that I could stay in long term.

    I’m all for leaving when you’ve determined that it’s what is right for you and you have a plan for moving forward. But, for me, that new plan never fell into place, and I’m glad for that.
     
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    That’s great news. How long did you teach and how did you address it on your resume so the focus was on the accounting degree and not teaching? I ask because I left teaching too for the same reasons you stated above and am looking to work for the state as well.
     
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    What kind of job would you apply for if you were to work for the state?
     
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    I also have something else in mind, but I'd have to go back to school for it.
    And that's what's holding me back :p
    I already have a bachelor's and a master's, do I really want to go back to school for a job that only requires an associate's and won't pay more?! Ehhh
     
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    Something in Human Resources, but if it pays well, it won't matter!
     
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    I had started my 4th year in the classroom when I left. On my resume, when I listed skills used for my classroom job, I cut out anything that was educational buzzwordy. Even basic terms, such as classroom management, grading, etc. Those are all really, really useless in the business world.

    Since you want to go into HR, think about what skills those people need: people skills (empathy) organizational, decision making. Those are things we do EVERYDAY as teachers. So think of using terms/phrases such as:

    -Maintained paper organizational system for efficiency
    -Established positive and structured environment with students, parents, and co-workers.
    -successfully implemented last minute changes to meet evolving classroom needs.

    It's VERY important that you can actually come up with examples of these skills for your interviewers. They literally have no idea what these skills look like in the classroom. Also, try to avoid referring to students in your resume and interview. People could be potentially be turned turned off with the belief that you can only handle kids. It's okay, to do it once or twice, but don't turn the interview into a "I had this student that once..." Type situation. Try to get parents and peers experiences as much as possible.

    On me if you have any other questions. I'm very motivated to help teachers who want out, get out. Having so many of my coworkers come up to me with dreams of leaving was so sad.
     
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    I don't know what state are you in, but my state recognized my years of service as a teacher for retirement purposes. Since teacher are full vested after 2 months, I went in to my new job with 4 years of service to my pension. Unfortunately, they didn't accept any of the personal time I had accrued (from the state) or recognize my service towards longevity pay. At the end of the day though, I am happy to already have 4 years vested towards an amazing pension. Plus, my state give so many holidays on top of comp time that I won't really miss a vacation. In fact, I feel more freedom because I don't feel shamed for taking off during the school year. It's also not a big deal to call in sick. I also now work half days every single Friday (get off at 11). So I got a pretty sweet gig.
     
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    Mississippi, I'll be vested next year. Congrats on your escape. Lol
     
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    After 28 years, I DID TOO! Just done and not sure what the road will lead to now.
    I have 3 teens in high school and a supportive husband. Excited and scared.
    I even ended on a good year. Well, I good year for kids nowadays.
    I logged on here for the first time in a while not sure if I would post or what?
    Time for some soul searching...
     
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    I'm on Indeed now, also calling some references. Ready to leave this.
     
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    Wait, I thought you were going to wait until you are vested?
     
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    I keep thinking of other fields I'd like, though I am quite happy teaching. Lately I think engineering would be fun, though that's definitely meaning college again
     
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    I left teaching in Dec, also. Called it retirement because of my age and years in the field. I know that wasn't the real reason...I was just done and burned out.
    Once and a while I have pangs and thoughts of missing the kids, but not enough to make me go back and suffer it all over again.
    I wish for success and happiness to everyone looking for their place in life.
     
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    Getting an early head start.
     
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    Please elaborate. How so?
     
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    Good for you horned_Frog89! Did you say what you're going to do next? I didn't read this thread thoroughly. I think more teachers would get out of it if they knew the answer to the million-dollar question...what to do next that pays as well or (hopefully) better.

    My career path has been a pretty rough road. Subbed for a good 11 yrs total while in school for a lot of that time. Got my 1st Masters and did special ed teaching for just 1 year amongst the subbing. Subbed again while going back to school for SLP. Got my 2nd Masters, did school SLP for a few yrs. I've been out of the schools entirely for the last 5 yrs. God's blessed me to work computer jobs. The way I've felt physically in the last year, I don't know if I'd feel well enough to get back out there at all, even for SLP work.
     
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    I don't feel anywhere near ready to leave teaching yet, but I could definitely see feeling that way some day. Part of the reason I did my NYS-required master's in Library Information Science (with library media specialist certification) is because it could open some doors outside of education some day. I certainly understand people being ready to move on.
     
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    Congrats! Life is too short. I think what holds a lot of people back is they feel stuck because of pensions and healthcare. I think you were smart to get out before that became an issue. Unfortunately, many schools have the same problems with lack of discipline and support. With attitudes/ philosophies the way they are, I can't see it getting any better either.
    One thing I loved about where I was in TX was all you usually had to say to a defiant student was, " Do you need to go to the office?" Usually, that was the end of it.
    If they went, they came back with an attitude readjustment. Having had that as a last resort back up, made teaching so much easier.
    The language and lack of respect that is permitted towards teachers nowadays in a lot of places is ridiculous. It is not doing the student any favors. Instead it teaches them there are no consequences. Can you imagine what life will be like for kids who feel like it is OK to talk to their future employers or police that way? It is sad that many will have to learn the hard way if schools and parents don't teach them.
     

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