The Great Escape… Tips on Escaping the Classroom

I hate my job. I hate my school. I hate my Headteacher. Many people do hate something or other about being a teacher, and I can’t keep track of how many times I’ve heard those phrases lately.

That’s not good, as it’s tough to go to school every day when you hate it.

We spend much of our time in school and if we are not enjoying the work it is not good for our personal well-being. Besides, being happier means we’ll do a better job if we’re working at a job we love, or at least like.
So today I would like to share a post from TES from a teacher who has escaped the classroom. I hope it helps with planning your Great Escape (if that is what you are planning). Shared with the permission of the author).

I recently returned to teaching after a year and a half out, (I didn’t intend to leave when I did, but two amazing opportunities came my way). After a year out of the classroom I was itching to return. I took a job at a brand new school, I won’t go into details but at times this year it has felt that I was living in a psychological thriller! I have recently accepted a job as an instructional designer (designing internal e-learning resources for a large international company). As someone who has managed to successfully leave teaching twice, I thought I would give a few pointers for any teachers looking to escape the classroom.

Before you even start looking at jobs, take a moment to reflect:
1. What do you dislike about teaching (are these things unique to teaching, or is this something that you want to ensure your future job also doesn’t involve, for example many jobs will require you to work late occasionally)?
2. What do you enjoy about teaching (can this be incorporated into your new job, such as working with young people, working with people in general etc.)?
3. What skills do you have (teachers have a lot! sell yourself!)?
4. What are your weakest areas (be brutal, it will help you prepare!)?

This list should start to give you an idea of what you might want to do next. Head to a website such as LinkedIn and search job titles such as:
L&D (Learning and Development), Engagement officer, Communications Officer, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Manager, Project Manager, Education Officer, Curriculum Designer.
Look at the job descriptions and think about whether you could see yourself doing it. Then look at the skills, do you have these skills, if not could you spend another year in teaching developing these skills? Don’t worry if you don’t have all the skills, apply anyway, just don’t get too downhearted if you get rejected. Look at other jobs the website suggests as related.

Try out websites such as:
www.escapethecity.com
www.charityjobs.com
Some Key Points to Remember:
If you are a teacher of an in demand subject, the chances are you haven’t been turned down from many jobs. You will get rejections from a career change, try not to let them get you down.

You will probably have to take a pay cut for the first year or two. Don’t let that put you off too much.

Job applications take time, try to complete at least one once a week.

You may have to take a “bridge job” to get you out of teaching, maybe a job you only do for a year whilst you escape the classroom. Try to make sure this job will help you develop skills that you need for your dream job.

Use the website glassdoor.com, they give you reviews of companies from former employees, which is useful but also give you a list of questions they have asked at interviews in the past, use these to help you prepare for any interviews you might get.

After the year I’ve had I’m more than happy to help give pointers to anyone looking at leaving teaching!!!!

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