I turned in my letter of resignation last Monday.

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  1. Peachyness

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    I recieved a job offer two weeks ago. Slept on it over the weekend. Accepted, and gave my two weeks the following Monday.

    I was hired to work as a implementation coach for this software company. In short, I will teach new clients how to first use the software.

    When hubby and I moved to this region, I looked for two years, applied to hundreds of jobs from full-time, part-time, aides, paras, assistants, everything. This region is just way too saturated. Even in the good days of education it was tough here. It doesn't help that the university in this town is pumping out teachers every year. The best job I could get at a school district, 45 min drive away, was this afterschool job. I work alongside people who just graduated from college. Two of them are immature and makes all of us look bad.... But I digress...

    So, that said. I reevaluated my life and career goals. This month I decided to apply to any job that sounded interesting and looked like something I could do. I ended up applying to two software companies, a news station, and three other businesses. After a week of applying, I received an invitation to two of the jobs I applied to. One of them involved three rounds of interviewing. First phone, two in person. It was very grueling and quick. It started on a Monday, and by Friday night I received the offer. I was in shock. Here I was, ready to make a huge decision. Take a risk, pop my safety bubble and try something totally new, or decline it and just keep trying to find a job as a teacher.

    In reality, I've been miserable. It's been tough being a teacher in this economy. Sunday night, I accepted the offer and emailed in my paperwork. This coming Friday will be my last day. My supervisor and the principal were sad to hear me go, but understands where I'm at. There is nothing they can do to keep me. No jobs. That's what I want, an actual teaching job. It won't happen.

    I'm terrified though. This is a huge change for me. I wonder, in the next few years, will I regret this moment or will I be happy and wish I did this sooner? Anyways, I'll soon no longer be a regular classroom teacher.

    Well, this is all if I pass the background check... Which I'm sure I will. :D
     
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  3. Linguist92021

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    It sounds like you made the right decision. You have tried and waited long enough. You weighed the pros and cons, thought about it logically, slept on it, and it still felt right.
    I don't think you will regret it. The best thing to do is keep going forward. I think there is a time and place for everything. You may have had to wait and try and be frustrated this long to be brave enough to make this change.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. Peachyness

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    Thanks Linguist. I'm at a very terrified stage though. I went in Monday morning to inform my supervisor and I just started crying (I'm not a crier, but have been very emotional lately). Anyways, I just worry that I'll start the job and realize that I'm even more miserable. Or that I'm not cut out for the job. That I'll stink and they'll fire me.... I'm such a worry-wort... bleh
     
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    Peachyness I would look at this as a wonderful oppertunity to try out a new job which you might love. In any case, this decision dose not have to be the final decision you make about becoming a teacher. If you end of not loving the job, or if you find that you still want to become a teacher, you can always go back and apply to schools again. Who knows jobs might open up in the next few years in your area and you could apply again. In any case, I doubt that a school district will find fault with your choice to work at a full time job when there are none avalible in education in the area. They must understand that we all need to eat and pay bills.

    In any case, I am sorry you had to make such a tough decision.
     
  6. BioAngel

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    I think all jobs have bad things about them and good things- if you can keep yourself focused on the good hopefully that will out weigh the bad. But I hope this new career offers you a lot of good and no bad things about it- you're a hard worker and you know you'll bring all the skills and knowledge you had as a teacher into this new career.

    I admire you- it seems like if you get going in teaching its hard to break out into something different- I see my husband doing a lot of different jobs over the last few years and I'm semi-jealous about it. I love teaching but it's a stressful profession where we often are not rewarded for our hard work.
     
  7. Ms. I

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    Congrats Peachy!
     
  8. giraffe326

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    Peachy,
    It is 100% normal to second guess yourself. I switched PT jobs back in August, and I was terrified of the unknown even though I was miserable where I was at. It worked out- I love it!
    I think you will enjoy your new job. It may not be exactly what you want, but there are a lot of similarities and it sounds like you will have more stability.
    Good luck!
     
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    Your new job sounds wonderful! You'll do great!!
     
  10. catnfiddle

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    You will still be a teacher, just with a different kind of student. I think you're going to be a perfect trainer!
     
  11. 2ndTimeAround

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    Congrats on the new job.

    I did Professional Development for people in your situation. They had trouble finding fulltime jobs teaching so were working in other fields. But they wanted to keep their licenses up to date just in case they felt the need to go back one day. That might be something you look into as well.
     
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    Wow! First of all, congratulations. Second, I understand how you're feeling at least in part. Change is scary! But you've waited and tried a few things from tutoring to after school programs and if you're not happy, well, that's just no way to live this short little life we've been given. I was terrified of the change I made this school year but I am very happy with my decision. I bet you will be as well. And if not, your experience will allow you to get back in the game easily enough.

    This reminds me of Jem's transition from the classroom to a company training others...you'e both still teaching in a different way. :)
     
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    Sounds like a great new job, Peachy. Congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations on the new job. One thing is for sure: you'll never know unless you try. I guess soon you'll be trying it out.
     
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    Congratulations on the new job... it sounds like a wonderful opportunity! :)
     
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    I'm curious where you found the job posting? I really think you made the right decision. Plus, you'll never have the what-ifs!!
     
  17. Peachyness

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    Thanks guys! I don't handle change very well, so it's been a bit tough... I'm just taking it a day at a time.
    Pisces, I found the job on a website called Indeed.com.
     
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    Congrats, Peachy! I'm not one that handles change well at all either. This sounds like a good opportunity for you though, and you will still be able to use your teaching skills, just in a different way.
     
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    First, I'm sorry you've had such a poor experience. Second, congratulations on your new job! In truth, from the sounds of it, you actually WILL be teaching, just a different age group and subject!!
     
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    Congrats on the new job! With your enthusiasm, I know you'll do great. I've been where you are, and found a job I loved. I ended up in the classroom again, and you may too.
     
  21. Peachyness

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    I haven't told my kids yet that I'm leaving. This Friday will be my last day, so I know I will need to tell them soon. I'm thinking Monday, but I'm not looking forward to it. Any tips? Part of me also wants to wait until it's OFFICIAL. They are still doing background checks and part of me worries that they may even back out... okay, it's a stupid fear, but I just don't want to worry and upset the students if it turns out I will be staying afterall (that is, if I can take back my resignation...). I really hope I hear back from the company soon, it's driving me crazy what the next step is.
     
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    I know how you feel about waiting. I got fingerprinted last Monday, and haven't heard anything yet. I was sure it would've been done last week, my clearance always comes back very fast.
    I know I will pass, I mean I have to :) but I hate not having the call to go to sign the contract. It's driving me crazy, too.
    Nevertheless I told the kids last week that I was leaving, I had to, because I might not see them anymore.
     
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    You will do great...and maybe in the future you can return to education.
     
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    Congratulations of finding the light so to speak. Like you, I realize how bleak the future is in this field. Unlike you, I'm too stupid, stubborn, incompetant, and indifferent about moving on. I HOPE, someday, to be as proactive and realistic about my working career as you seem to be. I truly do.

    GL in your new path!
     
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    Congratulations!! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity, one that you should embrace with all the passion you would have for any position. Change is hard but good, so look at it as an opportunity for personal growth.
     
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    Congratulations, Peachy! It sounds like a great opportunity!
     
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    I would wait until it's official- I don't think I could announce leaving and then if something did happen expect the students to not hold some grudge or something (or at least I'd hold a grudge against myself for putting them through a hard time for no reason).
     
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    Good luck! You will do great!
     
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    I got the official word yesterday morning. I told my kids that afternoon. They were so sweet. Their jaws dropped, they all said, "Whaaaaaaaaa?" I explained my situation and why I was looking and why I accepted. I told them that I loved working with each and every one of them, that I loved them, and "that if I keep talking that I'm going to cry, so let's get started on making pancakes!"
     
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    Making pancakes~ that's cute :) I'm glad that you were able to share that with your students- I'm sure you feel a lot better now.
     
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    Peachy--I could have sworn I had posted my congratulations, but I see that I didn't :sorry:

    Congratulations!!!!!
     
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    Thanks MrsC.

    So, I just completed my second week at work. It's definitely very different working in a corporate world now. But the place I'm working at is great! LOTS of perks!!!! The main thing, free fresh local fruits. I'm more of a veggie person, but I've been able to increase the amount of fruits eaten just because I love free food. :D

    They are spending a LOT of time training us, which is nice. But also expensive for the company, if you think about it. But that's why we have such great customer service and knowledgeable staff. The company is growing like crazy and has made some sort of Forbes list of fastest growing companies for the past few years.

    I'm learning a LOT about not only the software, but how businesses work and are run.

    I go "live" this coming Friday for tech support. My official role is something else, but they are having us new hires start off in tech support to get us to REALLY learn the software. So this coming week I will get demo calls to practice, and Friday I will get my first live clients.

    I don't miss teaching. I AM happy though that I still get to tutor my two girls in math. Even though I'm exhausted at the end of the day, I still enjoy those two days of working with them.

    So, anyways, that was a quick recap.

    I've been coming home happy from work. This job isn't all fun and games (although some days it does feel that way. :D) Learning the software has been tough. And then learning it well enough so I can teach our new clients how to use it is going to be very tough, because it'll all be over the phone. Anyways, it's a hard job, but I feel like, this is it. This is where I'm meant to be.

    For the first time in my life, I feel truly and genuinely happy.
     
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    Yay!!
     
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    Awesome! Congrats!
     
  35. Maryhf

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    Great news Peachyness!
     
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    That's awesome, Peachy!
     
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    Peachy peachy keen, peachy keen keen peachy, peachy peachy keen peachy keen.
     
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    Congrats Peach!
    I am glad that you have truly found your place where
    you can enjoy, and of course still teaching.
    Allow God to help you in time of need, and remember to
    always thank Him for all that you are blessed with.:angel:
    What an exciting move!
    Rebel1
     
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    Wow! You sound very fulfilled already. Glad it's working out.
     
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    Congrats Peachy! I hope you like your new job!
     
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    Peach your update put a huge smile on my face. So glad to hear it's going well and you feel you have found a place you really belong. I'm thrilled for you.
     

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