Time to make a major career change – teaching

I recently wrote about our plans to relocate to New Zealand. You can see my post about it here.

Things seems to have gathered pace now. It’s funny how just one little moment sparks something in your mind and from that an idea snowballs! Well for me it happened last week.

We’ve been doing the rounds of local school open days recently. Big M starts reception next September so we have to submit our school applications by this coming January. We’ve been really impressed with each school we’ve visited which makes the decision really hard. But I digress.

In each classroom we visited the children seem so lively and engaged. We’ve taken along little m on a couple of these visits. In one reception class in particular, a lovely little girl commented on how nice little m was. It wasn’t that in particular but all these interactions with the children sparked something in me. I thought to myself “you know, I’d quite like to spend my time working in this environment”.

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So over the weekend I mentioned this to my wife and she was super enthusiastic about it. Over the weekend we discussed it at length and now I’m settled on this being my big career change! I’m really excited about the idea. The thought of going back to work in finance and accountancy did not appeal at all!

This has also crystallized our plans for relocating to NZ. Before, neither of us had an idea of what we would do to earn a living out there. My wife works in the banking industry in the city and is ready to step down from being the breadwinner. Now that I have decided on teaching, that is something I can easily do in NZ and also support the family while doing so.

What happens next. I’ve already started researching post-grad teacher training courses, I’ve registered with UCAS. I just need to work out what area I want to go into. My first thought is Primary but I keep being recommended Secondary. There’s quite a bit of research to do, fortunately there appears to be a lot of helpful advice out there….watch this space.

Have any of you gone through a major career change, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


9 Replies to “Time to make a major career change – teaching”

  1. Gosh! I think about teaching a lot. But, at 38 and having ground out a career in IT management with nothing more than decent GCSEs (no A’s though!) and an ONC in chemistry I can’t even get on the PGCE without first a degree. I really think I have something to offer, probably it secondary computer science, but my own life choices are holding me back. The fact that a lack of a degree hasn’t stopped me being a success in my chosen career is one I’m proud of.

    1. You should be proud of what you’ve achieved Dave. I’m 48 and deciding to make this change, it’s never too late! Thanks for commenting.

  2. I thought about going into teaching a few years ago. I was deadly serious about it. I was put off in the end because I may have been around lots during school holidays butt he working day is so long. Very best of luck, I think you’re pretty much guaranteed employment whatever you do! #thatfridaylinky

    1. Thanks for commenting John. Whenever we’ve visited various primary schools recently I’ve been struck by the lack of male staff so yes, should be able to find a teaching job pretty quickly I think!

  3. I am a primary school teacher in the U.K. I currently teach Reception but have taught all year groups through to year 6 during the past 20 years. I would say to you, do NOT go into teaching just because you thought you loved the atmosphere in a classroom you visited. Teaching is amazing and so fulfilling but it is not an easy career. It’s physically and mentally exhausting under immense pressure from above with huge amounts of paperwork and stress. It is also not an easy option for parents with young families. I love my job but I would advise you to spend time in a classroom volunteering so that you get a better impression of what the job entails. Good luck with your future move. #thatfridaylinky

    1. Thanks Sophie, I understand where you’re coming from and I am going to organise some shadowing visits to a couple of schools in our area, primary and secondary, to get a feel of it. My neighbour is a vice-principle and my mother-in-law a lifelong primary school teacher so I’m not short of access to all sorts of advice. I’m still quite excited by the prospect so we’ll see what happens. Wish me luck!

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