Hello, I am looking for some advice and primary school teacher’s experiences/thoughts of their job (especially regarding work life balance and working hours)... I graduated with a First in Applied Psychology in September 2019. I have thought about pursuing a career as a primary teacher for many years. I got a job as a TA this year to get some experience (although am obviously not in school atm due to Covid 19). What draws me to this career and what I have enjoyed being in school is making relationships with the children, feeling valued, how every day is different etc. However, I can’t ignore all of the negative press surrounding work life balance. It makes me feel very nervous of going down this route - I am the type of person who doesn’t cope well with stress, I need time for myself. Is it unrealistic to think I could work 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (I would also do some work in the holidays)? I am quite a perfectionist and don’t feel comfortable doing a bad job. I also tend to take a long time doing things because of this. I am 22 and live at home with my parents so feel this year (as of September) would be the best time to do the PGCE before I move out, have more commitments, bills etc. I have considered other options - a careers advisor suggested I might get the same satisfaction from a public/charity sector job (because of my skills/values), I think this could be true. But, teaching always pops back up in my mind. Apologies for the lengthy post and thank you in advance!!