The classroom changed beyond all recognition during the 12 years that I stood at the front. In the early days, I had such enthusiasm, such energy. I had the freedom to teach how best suited my classes. Some days that meant we would read all lesson because we were enjoying the text. Other days I stood on my desk whilst my class had me acting or trying out props as we staged the scene. Another lesson involved listening to the soundtracks the kids had made to Macbeth but as targets and value added took hold the lessons lost their sparkle. I began to question what jobs after teaching could I do.
When I started teaching I never imagined that I would shut the classroom door behind me 12 years later. I thought teaching was all I ever wanted to do. Yet family life and the changing school environment put paid to that. I left demoralised and tired. Exhausted from the pressure of trying to do it all, trying to please everyone. It seems I am not the only one, The Guardian reported last year that almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have left profession. That’s a dreadfully sad statistic.
My young children needed me more and we were in a position to put them first, so we did. I left the classroom. However, my teaching qualification and those transferable skills gave me other opportunities. There are many former teachers in the same boat as me. They have the left the classroom but what next? There are jobs after teaching that can be fulfilling. Jobs and careers that allow you to use your qualifications and still work in Education.
Jobs After Teaching:
- Many qualified teachers enjoy supply teaching. The rate of pay is good and if you still love teaching and working with young people this could be the halfway house you want. Many supply teachers enjoy the freedom of supply. There is no writing schemes of work, significantly less planning (none on short-term placements), minimal marking but you still get to teach. Many claim supply gives you back the good bits of teaching.
- Tutoring: Tutors work in a variety of ways. You could look for regular work in a tutoring environment like Kumon or Kip MacGrath. They have national centers to help children. Alternatively, you could set yourself up and advertise yourself as a private tutor. With the pressure on children, there are always parents’ paying for tutors be it to get into grammar schools, for SAT’s GCSE and even A Levels. Many tutors charge approx £25 per hour. There are also many online tutor agencies where you can advertise yourself.
- Exam Marking. This is obviously a seasonal job taking place in May, June, and July. Marking exams be it SATs, GCSE or A Level is a way to keep up to date and still use your subject knowledge. There are also positions for senior markers and those who write and moderate the exam papers themselves.
- Creating resources, if you are a creative person you can use your expertise and your experience to create resources to help other teachers. This could include writing schemes of work or workbooks. Resources can be sold via TES online or by making ebooks to sell online. Or take your ideas to an educational publisher.
- Look at related job opportunities, for many, time as TA (teaching assistant) is valuable. Maybe you don’t want the responsibility of a whole class. Maybe one to one or small group support is better than classroom teaching. Many SENCO’s or behaviour specialists are qualified teachers but no longer teach in the classroom.
- Cross to the dark side and become an Ofsted Inspector or local authority representative. This is especially good for highly experienced teachers that have a wealth of experience to offer.
- Finally, if those ideas don’t spark an idea then it could be time for a total change of direction. I moved into blogging and even wrote a book! Now I am the editor of Tots100 plus running this blog and Mums Savvy Savings. I am a firm believer in micro careers now or having a portfolio of work opportunities. Go and retrain, find that passion for something else. Do what makes you happy. Leaving teaching was the best thing for me. I’ve no regrets.
These 7 ideas for jobs after teaching could be what puts a smile on your face again. Whilst teaching is a worthwhile and satisfying career it is not the only way you can help young people. If you are done with teaching, you are not alone and you are certainly not a failure. Look foward and embrace the next chapter.