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Disadvantages of taking a 'step down'?

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Sparklesandglitter Tue 18-Nov-14 07:13:28

Within the last 10 months I have received a promotion (small tlr), I am enjoyed the role and am doing well in it. I have an excellent record and am being recognised by SLT but I have a very long commute to work each day (petrol costs each month are more than my mortgage)
A job has recently come up within walking distance of my house, this would save me around 10 hours commuting a week but it is a step down to a normal teaching role.
I am ambitious and want to progress but have a young family and commitments.
What are the disadvantages of me applying for the role? Financially I would be down £300 per year but would save over 11000 miles a year on my car

makeitabetterplace Tue 18-Nov-14 15:05:01

Do you mean 300 or 3000? Either way it would be worth it due to the mileage alone and extra time you'd have in your day that you're not sat in the car.

Sparklesandglitter Tue 18-Nov-14 17:07:35

£300( that shows how much petrol costs!) I just worry it's a step backwards and the impact on my career

MuscatBouschet Tue 18-Nov-14 17:25:10

My friend stepped down to a teaching role from head to department to go to a school that suited her better. She managed internal promotions up to AH within the new school. The new school will judge you on your skill and talent once you are there so no need to worry about strange blips on your cv.

Sparklesandglitter Tue 18-Nov-14 18:15:50

Thanks for the reassurance, I always put work before family so this is the first time I am really considering family first (sad I know but work pays for the luxury I want for my family!)

Maisycat Wed 19-Nov-14 23:27:03

I have just taken the plunge and will start a teaching role in January 10 minutes from my home, leaving behind my AH, SENCo and HoD job and an hours commute. I can feel the stress receding already!

MyPreciousRing Wed 10-Dec-14 23:40:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Applejack2 Fri 12-Dec-14 14:10:37

Definitely go for it. You don't make a lot extra for the extra responsibility and travelling. You can always go for a promotion in the new place when the opportunity arises.

Good luck.

jimijack Fri 12-Dec-14 14:21:03

Speaking from experience here as I stepped back as you put it.

Best, most sensible move I could have made.

My old job was fantastic, I had worked my way up the ranks over a 23 year period, I agonized over it for a couple of months.

Nearly a year on, I am closer to home, have loads of time with my children, can go to school events, we eat dinner together every evening, I'm home when older ds gets in from school and I feel 100% less guilty about EVERYTHING.

It's what I call a stop gap. I aim to work up again when my kids are older.

Well worth it when looking at the big picture.

Sparklesandglitter Tue 16-Dec-14 05:44:23

Update* I got the job and I am over the moonsmilesmilesmile

jaynebxl Tue 16-Dec-14 05:47:16

Fantastic! I'm sure you will never look back and the impact on your family will be well worth it.

bigbaggyknickers Tue 16-Dec-14 05:50:07

That's great-best of luck to you fsmile

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