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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Changing Jobs...any advice? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/24/06 9:09 PM

I'm dissatisfied with my life. Part of this is definitely due to a rathery unhappy workplace. I'm thinking of changing jobs next summer. I teach high school, which I'm sure you can guess is never stress-free. I enjoy the hours that allow me to be with my kids so much...but truthfully my parents live nearby and are retired & are great about helping out.

Teaching (at least in a HS) is so much more work and stress than just showing up and doing a good job. There are never days (or rarely) where I feel like I'm making a difference. There is so much extra involved, the planning and the grading and the behavior and the special needs kids. My coworkers didn't want my position to be created, so when it was and I was hired, I was already on a hit list. I'm seriously not wanted, and I know that. That would be OK if I felt like I was doing some sort of good, since I don't really care about how people feel about me personally. I'm a good peron, and I know that. Anyone who gives me a chance would know the same.

Anyway, I've been thinking of just breaking out and looking for something different next summer. I'm a creative sort, and I would need something where my creative juices could flow. I enjoy writing (obviously from this lengthy post). I'm web savvy and kind of a computer geek, so I know my way around a bunch of programs (teach that too...)

I'm hitting a brick wall in my mind trying to figure out where to even start. What type of jobs are out there for someone like me? I'd like to network a little starting now tho...

Any suggestion?

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Date: 9/24/06 9:29 PM

I've found jobs through friends, professors, the yellow pages, and formal listings. The best jobs I've had have been the word-of-mouth ones. So, letting everyone know that you're looking is a great first step!

Other than that, I would like to share some advice my dad gave me that has been really great: Don't feel like you have to decide what your whole career is going to be. If you find something that sound interesting that you think you'd like to try, go for it. The worst-case scenario is, you realize don't like it (just like high school teaching, right?) and you try something else. It may take several different jobs before you find something you really like, but that's fine. My dad worked for the federal government his whole career, and the entire time he changed jobs every year or two. The jobs were somewhat similary (contracts-related), but he says that he would just get bored after a while, once he'd sort of figured everything out.

I think there are a few keys to job satisfaction:

1) You like the everyday things that you do at work.
2) You feel like it's a job that is worth doing (if that's important to you).
3) It's a positive atmosphere and you get along well with at least some of your coworkers.
4) You feel like you are paid "enough", even if you'd like to make more.

Maybe think about those ideas, then just go for something that sounds interesting! It's a wide, wide world out there!

--Kim

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Date: 9/24/06 10:24 PM

I feel for ya'. And though I'm sooooo not an expert on this, is there a community college or even an adult education program near by you could look into? You'd at least be getting marginally more attentive students and you'd be out of the hostile environment. At least you've got time to decide!

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Date: 9/25/06 8:29 AM

No advice for job changing, just a big hug for teaching HS!

My DD is in HS right now, and I can't even imagine what those poor teachers go through every day. Those teenage hormones are tough enough on a really loving Mom, let alone some poor person who has to be paid, I'm sure nowhere near enough, to put up with it every day!

Another couple just for showing up at work each day! I'm sure you need 'em!

And good luck with the job search....

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Date: 9/25/06 10:35 AM

Have you thought about corporate training? The students would be more civilized.

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Date: 9/25/06 12:29 PM

Hi Angie: you don't say what your degree or degrees are in. I have been exploring on-line teaching. They prefer faculty with a Master's or above. I am thinking of it as a little extra money right now, and possibly a part time job when I retire. Google the University of Phoenix and (separately) Axia College, and find the faculty links; look for "Join the faculty". Seems like a good adventure, and might be good while you stake out other ideas for your future. Good luck, Kate

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Date: 9/25/06 4:15 PM

I know just how hard it can be. You do have lots of options for staying in education - depending on what you need from a job. Do you need to work full time and/or have benefits? If not, consider tutoring.

Here in Tucson tutors earn from $15 to $25 an hour. The homeschool and virtual school students are a huge market.

If you can put together a math class that meets weekly than you can make much more. Science is also a good source of income.

If you want to a higher rate, tutoring AP kids after school is more money. You don't say what your interests and/or qualificatons are, post that and I can be more helpful.

Oh, and I do pay my grammar tutor $20 an hour and she gets to schedule the weekly meeting.

The nice thing about tutoring is you get to say "no thank you" to kids who are not motivated. The local tutors are in short supply and can be pretty picky about their students. My child loves her tutor and the tutor is overwhelmed with how enthusiastic her students are as this is her first year.

Miss Mary

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Date: 9/25/06 4:31 PM

I stopped in a Borders last week for tea. There were two separate tutors working with elementary kids. The parents were off at another table enjoying a book or working.

Made me realize how different things were from the days I sat at the kitchen table crying over "long division" with my dad trying to help.

The kids were happily sipping on drinks while listening to the tutors review material.

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Date: 9/25/06 6:57 PM

Social work? I love child welfare.

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Date: 9/25/06 7:17 PM

Wow, you guys are great! I posted & went to bed last night, LOL. I shoulda stuck around!! :D

Here's a little more info...My degree is in Family & Consumer Sciences Education, with a minor in Business. Basically that's a little bit of Child Development specialist with some Fashion Design & Economics thrown in, together with an Education degree. I have a Bachelor of Science Ed. I started my Masters 2 years ago...but didn't get very far. Basically because I can't afford to take out any more loans. I'll never pay off what I have!

I had no choice...I'm a single mom (which answers the benefits & insurance question, that's part of the reason its hard to leave my job now. I gotta be the responsible person who pays for everything because there's no one else!) Anyway, I just couldn't take another loan to pay for my Masters. So I didn't finish.

I'm certified in all 50 states basically to teach grades 6-12 FACS, Business Ed., Career Orientation, Vocational Education, and English. The online and adult ed. tips are great, I've been testing those waters for a few years. Those are my "other" jobs. I normally work 3. I teach during the day at the HS, teach nights "Online" at a local university (other FACS students, teacher ed. majors, or social work students, etc.) I normally teach 1 or 2 classes per semester. To teach adjunct, they accept a Bachelors. I also teach 1 night a week at the vocational school in adult ed. I've taught computer classes and most recently a beginning sewing class (which was FUN!)

I actually enjoy "teaching". And I think I'm decent at it. I do enjoy the high schooler's but yeah, they have a bad attitude, and they cram 30 in each class (they being administration) and 30 kids is just flat too many. You can't get anything done. Add to that all the other rules & regulations and I'm insane by 3:30 when we're out. I come home every day wiped out.

Kim, your dad is brilliant. Just saying.

Candyo, my mom has always encouraged me to try social work...I would get a law degree if I could afford to pay for it in a heartbeat and do child advocacy. As a social worker, I'm afraid my heart would break. I don't know if (at this point) I can sustain that kind of job. I admire anyone who can!

Heather, thank you! And thanks to all the rest of you who replied...such good advice.

I'm considering sending my resume to a sewing machine company as a sewing coordinator. You know, travel around & teach at sewing dealers, create new projects, etc. I don't know how lucrative that would be. Obviously it would have to be at least what I make now to eat & wear clothes

This post is too long, but I just want to add one thing. I'm so exhausted every day that I never have time or energy to do the things I want to (for me or the kids). I just have to cope with the day and sort of zone out until bedtime. I know it's called "work" but I just don't think it should be that hard! I keep thinking about summers off and how much I'd miss them because of all the projects & stuff I get done during summer...but if I wasn't wiped out every single day, maybe some of that stuff could be getting done on a regular basis? Does that make sense? Maybe I"m just whacko. ;)

-- Edited on 9/25/06 7:19 PM --

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