After having finished my elementary education program with my university I found out that I am not meant to become a teacher. [I REALLY HOPE THAT THIS WON'T OFFEND ANY TEACHERS ] I absolutely hated having to stand in front of the classroom, and teach children to take a test that I knew they could not pass. I felt that it turned me into somebody that I'm not. I hated that it didn't allow me to be energetic, and I always had to be completely strict with the children just to effectively manage the classroom. It was frustrating being constantly watched, and critiqued on things that were completely out of my control. It's like any attempts at fun would die within seconds. I hated that I didn't have a life outside of the classroom due to the constant preparation of lesson plans. Most of the people that I worked with were incredibly jaded about working with kids, and I could not believe the sheer amount of office politics. I realize that not every single school is like this, but the bad luck that I have had the past few years has turned me off the profession. I found teaching to be a stressful career that I'm glad that I do not want to pursue. I spent the past few months thinking about other careers that I could possibly pursue, and I found out more about my personality. I cannot imagine being in a job that doesn't allow me to work with children, or helping the less fortunate. I realize that it's cheesy to say that being a positive male role model really gave me a sense of purpose, but it did. It's like everything that I said or did was completely awesome to them. I honestly loved aspects of working with them one-on-one or in small groups. I loved the aspect of mentoring the older kids to behave with others, and I loved being there for them whenever they had a problem that they needed help with. I'm definitely geared more towards the social side of working rather than actual teaching. The problem is that I'm struggling to figure out a career path. I like jobs that give me meaning. I don't necessarily know what I could possibly do, or what I would be able to go back to get my masters in. I have thought about many things such as working as an After School Counselor or as a Tutor. My only problem with tutor is that I excel at some subjects, but I am not effective in the ones most students need help with (Math). I could possibly be looking at a job with a nonprofit company next year. It allows me to tutor young children and help them build literacy skills. It sounds absolutely amazing, and I think what I learned during my teacher prep classes will come in handy. However, stability and salary is a big concern for me. I have no intentions of becoming rich, but at the same time I want to make enough money to survive. Hell, even a paycheck above 1,600 would actually be enough for me to survive due to parental assistance. If someone could possibly help I would really appreciate it!