If you could do it all over again...

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  1. chemnerd19

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    Would you still have become a teacher?

    I know there probably have been many threads asking this question, but a few other threads going on this site got me thinking about it. I didn't want to be a hijacker so I started my own.
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Absolutely.
     
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    Love my pay but the insanity of "Bigger! Better!" Drives me up the wall. People always trying to change what was never broken all in the name of politics...ugh
     
  5. ku_alum

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    Yep.
     
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    I've done other things, I still could and will...but I'd still be a teacher. Wouldn't change a thing.
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    Yes, I would. In my community, it's one of the best jobs to have.
     
  8. FarFromHome

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    I love my job, but sometimes wish I went into a field with higher pay (or just that I got paid more). Both the states I've lived in have low pay, and I live in an extremely high cost of living area. My total salary each month is less than our rent payment.
     
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    Couldn't possibly do anything else. Ever.
     
  10. yellowdaisies

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    Absolutely. I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else.
     
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    Some days, I would say no.

    But most days...absolutely. 100%!
     
  12. giraffe326

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    Probably not, only because of the difficulty to get a job in my area. I'm 30, I've got a ton of credit card debt, I'm technically homeless (and mooching off of my parents), student loan debt, and I've ruined my credit because my house took so long to sell. And I'm still unemployed. Money isn't everything, but no money doesn't work, either :(
     
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    Yes, but I would have made sure to have a second major so that I'm more marketable.
     
  14. i8myhomework

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    For sure! And even if the answer was no, I have plenty of time to do other things. Everyone does :)
     
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    At my university, you had to apply to the school of ed after your second or third year. It was a two year program-you could start in the fall or spring semester, and you would graduate 2 years later.

    I was accepted into the fall semester, and the spring before I was suppose to start, I was also accepted into the Disney college program. It started the same semester as my school of education program. I was convinced I needed to start the education program in the fall so I could graduate in the spring, apply for jobs over the summer and start teaching in the fall. So I turned down the Disney program instead of deferring my entrance into the education program for a semester or two.

    I've always regretted that decision on some level. My life would have been completely different-when I did graduate, I fell into the perfect fifth grade position at a wonderful elementary school, met my husband, got married, etc. None of that would have happened if I had gone to Disney. But working for Disney has been a dream of mine ever since, and I really do love business. I always wonder what would have happened if I had taken the internship and changed majors to business. Or just stayed there and worked at the park. ;)

    Life has been wonderful and crazy and horribly painful as a teacher, but I've ended up at an awesome school where I can see myself retiring in 30 years. So it's all worked out for the best. I can honestly say I'm glad I can't go back and make that decision again, because I'm scared I'd choose to go to Disney and miss out on meeting my husband and living the life I've had!
     
  16. ready2learn

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    I would, I enjoy my job.

    Now, if someone said I had to go back and start over again and be a first year teacher once again, that might be a different story.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    yes. I'd do everything the same exact way. I feel that things happened (outside of my control) to later fall into order for me to be where I am (not geographically, but overall in a position / school).
     
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    I don't know. I LOVE teaching and I love my job, but my first goal was always to work for the State Department or Department of Defense in Middle Eastern intelligence. I even took Arabic for a few year when I first went to school. At 23, though, I gave it all up to move overseas for a guy.

    Bad call and it was just too difficult to get back into it. So, if I knew then what I know now, I'd say "drop dead" to the guy and stick with the original plan. :p I'd probably have ended up somewhere in education anyway.
     
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    I'd skip the briefly having been a special ed teacher & gone straight into SLP.
     
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    If I would have to re-experience the plethora of "educational reforms" that have ocurred in the many years I have been teaching...my answer would be no...I would not do this all over again.
     
  22. ecteach

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    Absolutely, unequivocally NO!
     
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    I am sure that I would, even though my heart is saying NO! right now. I feel that teaching is my gift...however, I agree with another poster who said he/she would have a second major. I would as well. I would also pursue teaching at the college level.
     
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    Yes. 110%.
     
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    Nope
     
  26. TamiJ

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    Yes.
     
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    Not at all
     
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    Yes, without a doubt.
     
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    Probably yes. I think if I hadn't become a teacher I would have had "what if" thoughts. If I had it to do all over again, I'd hang in for a masters in counseling or library science. I like working with kids, and having the breaks with my DS, but sometimes the stress of everything makes me second guess my decision.

    Beth
     
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    I love teaching, but it's not my dream job by far.
     
  31. DHE

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    I would definitely become a teacher. What would I change? I would begin teaching at a younger age. I was 39 when I started teaching 10 years ago.
     
  32. Go Blue!

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    Exactly. If I could go back again, I would (should) have followed my heart/passion and majored in what I wanted to instead of listening to my parents and getting a degree in a safe, stable career like education. Yeah, my pay is good but everything else pretty much negates the good pay. Although, I would probably be unemployed and broke if I had followed my passion.
     
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    I don't think so. I don't really know what I would do otherwise, but I don't think I'd be a teacher.
     

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