Dear future-former teachers
Are you questioning if teaching is really for you? My journey out of teaching and into a career I love.
Learning objective: Teachers seeking alternative career paths will be able to let go of feeling “stuck” in a career they can’t see themselves doing forever.
As we start a school new year amidst this pandemic, I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had over the past week that ended with, “Aren’t you glad you aren’t a teacher anymore?!” With all the crazy stuff that’s going on in the world and everyone’s finite amount of “F’s-to-be-given” already pretty much spent, teachers are starting the school year feeling demoralized, under-valued, and looking for alternative careers. In this post I’m going to share the 5 steps I took on the journey to find my true calling outside of teaching.
1. Endure or evacuate
Everyone deserves a career they feel valued and appreciated. Although there may be a shortage of quality teachers, there is also a shortage of adults modeling the value of listening to one’s personal needs. Being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle where you can emotionally show up for others is something we need to address more often. I wrote this blog post not to try to take away good teachers from our students, but to relieve those teachers that can’t see themselves doing this forever. If this is you, value and hear your needs. Let go of the guilt you may have, that I definitely carried, when I considered switching careers. We aren’t meant to burn ourselves out by trying to keep others warm. If teaching isn’t bringing out your best self, choosing a different career and prioritizing you is ok. Step 1 in this journey is deciding if you want to endure that #teacherlife or evacuate. The choice is yours.
“Although there may be a shortage of quality teachers, there is also a shortage of adults modeling that listening to your personal needs and being able to maintain a healthy lifestyle where you can emotionally show up for others is valued.”