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Further education? Or back to the grind?

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SnowInJuly Fri 13-Jan-17 18:53:46

NC as identifiable.

I'm a freelance TV producer currently taking a career break with first baby.

He's only 5 months, but I'm not sure if I want to go back to TV, (long hours, difficult senior staff at channels, unpredictable schedules, high pressure and increasingly dealing with low budgets (and quite often rightly very cautious contributors!) ) .

When I go back to work (at some point- not sure when yet!) I could go back and look to side step into a different role that would be more edit based, and although the money would be good, I'm Not sure if it would make my heart sing. And if I'm leaving bubs at home to be looked after by someone else - I want to leave him because what I do will make Him proud / or do something that will help others. Basically I want to be running a channel one day, if I stay in TV!

I have the luxury of no mortgage or rent, or huge debts to clear. DP is 50+ and I am early 30s- so I can conceivably start a new career she I return to work, while he's looking to retire or ease off at his own (moderately paid but v stressful) job in the arts.
No plans for more DCs at this point.

I have a first class degree with honours in English Lit from a top five university, some Spanish qualifications and a good CV for TV.

I also have a huge desire to be a KS3/4 or adult ed English literature teacher, and also to continue writing (I write for my own pleasure, and have drafted a couple of novels- people say they're good but haven't sent to publishers because... hmm)

I'm thinking it would be a good idea
to take a one year MA in English lit, to re-sharpen my mind, and rediscover my passion-subject as a student- then decide what to do about my career. Either return to
TV or move into teaching.

Is an OU degree in an arts subject worth doing? Or should I look at an evening part time MA at a London or Manchester university? (Live in London. Move north is on the cards).

Or sod it and apply for a salaried graduate combined teaching and Teacher training position?

Any advice/ help/ insight would be lovely!

SnowInJuly Fri 13-Jan-17 18:55:00

Apols for spelling/grammar and formatting. On phone and BFing ...

rollonthesummer Fri 13-Jan-17 18:57:49

I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy went into teaching. Why don't you read some of the posts on the Staff Room board.

LIZS Fri 13-Jan-17 18:58:44

There is relatively little to be made from adult ed these days, even esol or literacy/numeracy, and work is inconsistent. However the better news is you don't need much in addition to a degree to teach adults, just a short course. For ks3 or 4 you'd need a pgce.

SnowInJuly Fri 13-Jan-17 19:01:22

summer that's fairly damning!! shock

LIZS - would rather do one of the teach direct routes than a pgce - do you have much experience of these?

LIZS Fri 13-Jan-17 19:06:12

No, only adult ed. For teaching in post compulsory education pttlls, cttlls and dttlls are accepted instead of traditional cert ed or similar training qualifications.

rollonthesummer Fri 13-Jan-17 19:18:07

Sorry-it's just changed beyond all recognition and really is not the profession I trained in, any more which makes me sad sad I've managed twenty years but think I'll be bowing out before too long.

Do make sure you get plenty of experience volunteering before you sign up and really talk to staff to find out what's involved.

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