Is teaching a calling?
November 17, 2011 1:40 PM Subscribe
How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher?
posted by victoriab to Work & Money (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I’m in my early 40's and am considering transitioning from a sales career into teaching middle or high school English. I’d love to hear from Mefites who’ve made a similar transition (successfully or unsuccessfully) and to get your feedback on my main areas of concern -
- I have kids but I don’t have day to day experience working with large groups of children/teenagers (I haven’t been a Girl Scout leader etc.). How big of a problem is this?
- About ½ the teachers I talk to suggest that teaching is a calling (similar to the ministry) and that if it's not your first choice as a career than you’ll never be happy doing it. I can't believe this is true but I'd love to know your thoughts.
- Do you actually get to connect with the kids? My husband seems to think that kids in high school are like people in prison...biding their time until they escape. Another friend is a high school counselor and laments the fact that she never really gets to work with the kids...it's all testing and assessment. I remember many of my teachers very fondly and am still in contact with my 5th grade teacher...have times changed that much?
Are there other, larger issues that I should be concerned about? Any feedback you could give me would be appreciated. I'd also love to hear from anyone who had a teacher with a more "alternative" career path...did you, as a student, see any benefits?