Since I left teaching in January, I have been contacted by a number of fellow teachers congratulating me on my courage to leave and explaining how, although they love teaching, the environment, the work life balance and unrealistic expectations is making them dread going to work every day and they too wish they could leave. The conversations often go the same way, with me discussing my choices and encouraging them to follow their dreams if they can but more often than not I am met with teachers telling me they have no idea what else they could do. They trained to teach and that’s all they know so how would they get another job, especially one that matches their teaching wage. What most teachers seem to forget is that they have multiple skills, many of them transferable to a number of roles and so this post is for any teacher or ex teacher who is thinking about leaving the profession but is unsure where to look for work.
Like me you could start a blog and write about what your passions, interests or hobbies, a number of companies will even pay you to include them in your work, although this may take time. You can however pitch to magazines and companies about articles you could write for them in your area of expertise or about teaching in general.
Online education sites
There are a number of online educational sites available for students, parents and teachers and someone has to write their material, so why not you. The majority of these companies pride themselves on working with teachers so send them an email and introduce yourself. Over the past two months I have been writing educational quizzes in my subject area.
Printed educational resources
As the expert you know what resources worked and which didn’t and which ones you had to produce yourself in your own time because nothing seemed to exist. Pitch this idea to the companies that specialise in your subject area and help them develop something that you know teachers will need and want.
Exams are sent to independent markers and the majority of the examining bodies like to use qualified teachers to do this. It can be done from home and in your own time so no need to worry about 9-5 either.
Ex head teacher Cherry Newby from The Newby Tribe is retraining as an educational psychologist and has also found that the government will pay for this so she wont need to fund it either.
Sarah-Jayne Jones has combined her love for photography with her ability to work with and successfully engage children and now works as a photographer.
Come exam time being an invigilator is a nice way for teachers to make some extra money and who better than a teacher that has seen it all before to keep an eagle eye on students to make sure they are following the rules and being quiet.
A number of teachers are now returning to the classroom as teaching assistants because they get to enjoy the class room aspect of the job but with a much better work life balance and less responsibility.
Being a tutor means you can teach the areas you want to teach and do so around your other commitments. You can join an agency for tutors who will organise clients for you or you can work self employed in your local area. This is especially good for teachers that can focus on Maths, English and the 11 plus curriculum but can also be lucrative for other subject specialists too. There is also the potential to travel be an English tutor to children abroad.
If you want to leave the teaching career but not the actual teaching then supply might be for you. You can pick and choose the days you teach and most the time the planning will be done for you. Supply also offers you the chance to work in a number of different school with different students.