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Teachers - jobs after teaching?

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goingmadinthecountry Sun 15-Nov-15 00:41:32

I absolutely love my job (well, most of it) and I am very good at it, but a couple of rather minor things recently have shoved me very slightly towards the edge. First, dd1 who is working in a post-degree gap year very boring data entry job before travelling is getting £25 towards her Christmas meal - after 8 weeks. Dd earns about the same as our TAs - they never have a single penny put towards Christmas meals. Secondly, a very good friend is retiring - her company is paying for afternoon tea for her and 20 colleagues at a lovely local venue of her choice. Some time before I retire I'd like to work somewhere I don't subsidise my job with pens, pencils, craft stuff, books, breakfast for kids, journeys to trips in my car etc. I'm bored with checking my hair for nits. Please don't judge (I know it sounds like a middle class entitled whinge) - am not really moaning, just looking at options. Pension is not a consideration - had too many kids for it to be worth anything at all.

What job have you moved on to after teaching? Are you pleased you moved? I'm 51 so not keen on years of retraining!! Love learning but money would be an object. I have various PG add ons to my degree and PGCE - at least 3 half MAs at the last count.

Thank you.

BackforGood Sun 15-Nov-15 00:51:37

If it's just someone paying for your Christmas meal you are after, you could try private school.... my sister couldn't get over it when she moved to teach in a private school grin. Free tea / coffee too ! wink

Willow33 Sun 15-Nov-15 00:53:58

Could you be a recruitment consultant for a supply / teaching agency?

ilovesooty Sun 15-Nov-15 00:54:28

I'm self employed and I work full time in the third sector. I love my job and feel privileged to have it. I earn about the same as an NQT after nearly twelve years and have never had any contributions towards Christmas meals etc paid by my company.

crossroadsinmylife Sun 15-Nov-15 09:27:14

That's the public sector for you though isn't it? You can hardly expect Joe tax payer to subsidise your Xmas meal. Different for a private company as it'll come from their own money, not the publics.

ilovesooty Sun 15-Nov-15 09:41:52

Exactly. The public and voluntary sectors aren't going to provide perks like that.

Brocklady Sun 15-Nov-15 10:14:35

Well, they are very minor things, aren't they? smile

WombatStewForTea Sun 15-Nov-15 11:40:51

Wow compared to a lot of teachers who are thinking of leaving I think you've got it easy. In fact I think you'd get laughed off the TES at the moment. There are horrific stories of people having a hard time. Of course it is all personal experiences and maybe you're just feeling unappreciated? I know I'd just quite like a thank you for my hard work every now and then. But seriously schools barely have the budget to covert their own resources let alone paying for a Christmas meal!

goingmadinthecountry Sun 15-Nov-15 17:01:51

Obviously I'm not expecting tax payers to pay for my Christmas meal! I'm aware it's a minor thing and I know I'm lucky to work in such a great school at the moment. It's just reminded me I'd quite like to try something else out while I can and was wondering what other ex-teachers did and whether they missed the classroom. Don't worry - it won't be appearing as a Secret Teacher article! I'll probably be sticking to teaching too because I genuinely do love my job in the state sector.

tobysmum77 Fri 20-Nov-15 07:41:22

So what are you good at? Write down your strengths/ transferable skills and then look at available jobs. If you are someone who can potentially sell then that is one area there are definitely opportunities.

I am a bit hmm about the scathing taxpayer subsidising this and that comments when the working conditions are driving teachers out in their droves. Guess who will be paying to train the replacements .....? I think we need to start looking after teachers and changing 'the taxpayer's' attitude or we are going to be a bit stuffed in the next few years.

gingerdad Fri 20-Nov-15 07:52:17

OH was a senior teacher now runs a charity shop and loves it. About the same money though was .4 at school now full time. But I reckon she works less. Mad that that is. The. Charity do pay towards her XMAS meal.

Don't think she'll ever go back to teaching now which is sad as she used to love teaching but had it beaten out of her by a bullying head

Ickythumpsmum Fri 20-Nov-15 09:52:17

Posters who feel she shouldnt get her Christmas dinner paid for her - why didnt you comment on the fact that she is providing pens, pencils, craft supplies and even breakfast for some kids!
I get what you are saying OP. Do you have a specialist subject? Whats are your MAs in?

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