Talking to a lot of teachers, it has seemed to me that the most common perspective I see is teaching as a final stop. Generally it goes like this: A person leaves his career and becomes a teacher. Or a person becomes a teacher and stays a teacher their entire career. Or a person becomes a teacher, finds out they hate it, and leave to do something else. I was wondering if anybody sees anything wrong with my current plan. I never went into teaching with the intention to stay in it forever. In fact, even my current plan is to leave after a few years, and get an advanced degree in engineering or physics. However it's not because I tried teaching and found out it's not for me. I actually like teaching, and I find that I am pretty good at it. Not perfect, but I always am trying to improve and I place great importance on good classroom management. More accurately, I think I need to experience some things in life before becoming a teacher again. I started very young, and while there are good teachers who start very young, I think they're probably better suited for elementary schools. A lot of my coworkers have worked in other fields before becoming a teacher and I think that experience with life really shows with them, and they're able to bring that experience into a secondary school classroom and inspire kids into pursuing different careers. Also I feel like coming back to teaching after I'm older and have had more experiences will make me a much more compelling teacher to students and a better role-model for my subject. So I intend to stay a few years with teaching, improve my practice as much as I can (ideally, I would like to earn a NBCT certification before I leave) so I can use these skills for other things such as tutoring or teaching in college, gain experience in a different field (meaning not teaching, but still related to my subject), and come back to teaching later in life with these new skills and when I am ready to settle back down and get more satisfaction from teaching. Are there issues with my plan?