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Part time job £24,000, does it exist???

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OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:21:19

I want to change career
I am so demotivated its unreal.
Been a teacher, now SLT for nearly 20 years. I just don't want to do it any more.
I still want to be part time so I can do a couple of days pick up/drop off.
DH doesn't think jobs exist outside of teaching where I could match my current salary. I know I am well paid but I have been doing it for nearly 20 years and experience should count right?
So fed up....

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FabbyChix Thu 19-Nov-20 13:22:06

Look thats all you can do, some jobs offer that part-time but they are usually taken by those skilled in that particular industry.

sparklepink Thu 19-Nov-20 13:23:20

I'm not sure about teaching in particular but if you're looking for a good salary on part time hours, professional freelance or contract work is your answer. It's not easy but you can command much higher fees for a lot less work. But less secure and can take a while to build up your reputation. I'm a freelance designer, for example.

Bearsbearsbears40 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:25:18

Some university professional services jobs are well paid, worth taking a look if you have one close to you. Is £24k before or after tax?

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:26:07

What could an ex teacher freelance in? I like the sound of it but no idea where to start!
I think I have many transferable skills especially now I've been in leadership and management for a while.
I really am feeling quite trapped.
Teaching is not what it was, I fundamentally I don't agree with the way we do things now...

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GreyishDays Thu 19-Nov-20 13:26:22

So what full time salary is that or what hours?

Are you open to retraining? I have no answers, I’m afraid, but might help someone else get some inspiration.

peachypetite Thu 19-Nov-20 13:26:51

Definitely have a look at jobs at universities within professional services.

GreyishDays Thu 19-Nov-20 13:26:52

What about training teachers?

MrsTwitcher Thu 19-Nov-20 13:27:36

Is that your take home salary or pro rata. Do you take home 2k a month after deductions.

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:28:04

Hello bear, it would be before tax. I basically take home around 1600. I'm London Borough so plenty of unis, that sounds promising thank you

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christinarossetti19 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:28:35

I think you have to take a long-term view in situations like this.

It's probably fairly unlikely for you to command an equal salary in a part-time role at the moment in a field that you have no experience in, but can your family afford for you to do some studying/unpaid work experience in a field that means that you could realistically be looking at least matching your current salary in a few years?

Teaching for 20 years will have given you lots of transferable skills, more than you think.

So short-term pain for long-term gain.

Backbee Thu 19-Nov-20 13:29:53

I work 3 days a week and my take home pay is £1500, in admin.

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:29:54

Sorry, to answer a few questions
I take home around 1600
Full time would be £39,000
I don't mind retraining but cannot do that until youngest is out of primary so a few more years....

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OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:31:21

I know DH would be fine for me to retrain its just how we would cover costs that's the issue. Maybe I could do some work experience on my 2 days off?

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HoneysuckIejasmine Thu 19-Nov-20 13:32:49

What do you teach? Might help give ideas.

Teaching salaries really aren't great. My younger, less experienced DH earns buckets more than I did as an UPS teacher, and now he's approaching double what I was on. And yet it's an average salary for his field (IT).

MissSueFlay Thu 19-Nov-20 13:33:53

I knew a teacher who went into the civil service - Dept of Education. Another teacher friend has specialized in SEN and is finding that rewarding.


emsyj37 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:34:44

There are plenty of jobs that pay that and much more, even part time. The difficulty is walking into a job that you haven't done before and expecting a salary that is usually connected to experience, and part time hours which are usually (but not always) reserved for employees who have been there a while. In my experience I have not had issues with asking at offer stage for 4 days a week rather than 5, but it is not as easy to get 3 days.
What do you actually want to do? You have a number of options - find something similar to teaching (private tutoring??) or where you can use your transferable skills; have a total change and retrain but accept a short term salary drop and possibly a short term period of full time hours (or more hours than you would ideally choose to work) but end up on the same or more money for the hours you want; move to just any job to get out of teaching but accept a pay cut.
Also remember full time in one job is not necessarily equivalent to full time in another job. I used to be a solicitor and always wanted to work part time but that was partly because I hated it and the hours were long. I retrained and am now a civil servant - part time hours are freely available but because I actually enjoy my job and have a better work/life balance, I'm happier with full time.

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ballsdeep Thu 19-Nov-20 13:35:18

What about starting a consultancy? Loads of teachers have finished and started their own and are now on mega bucks. Some Charing £500 a day.

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:41:37

I'm just not sure what I want to do.
I think you are right, full time with no additional hours at home, or the worry and stress would probably be OK. I just keep saying I want to work in waitrose, friendly people, not too taxing on my brain, no worry to take home about whether a child is OK, or data that needs doing or a million other things!
I'm in primary so no specialist subject

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user18435677565533 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:41:40

It depends how many hours you work! Part time can be anything!

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:44:08

I work at school 3 days 7-6 then do my additional work on my 2 days off

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KTD27 Thu 19-Nov-20 13:46:56

Civil service. I’m an ex teacher also SLT. Moved to a full time role at the CS and the difference in work life balance is insane. I finish work and that’s it. No Sunday sinking feeling when I realise I have loads to do, no marking over a Saturday when my kids want me to come to ballet or rugby, 5 weeks holiday a year and flexi time on top.

PeanutButterIsOneWord Thu 19-Nov-20 13:49:47

Have a look at charities focussed on children and youth. Or training teams in large organisations. Lots of transferable knowledge and skills from teaching.

OhDearWhyAmIFatterly Thu 19-Nov-20 13:49:57

That sounds interesting, especially as you are ex teacher!
Did you go into Education in civil service?
Are you able to give me a bit more detail maybe over DM?
How have you found the difference in holidays...

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