To former teachers: in what ways did teaching prepare you for different jobs in your post-teaching career?
I was very lucky when I graduated from college. The school where did my student-teaching for certification hired me when I finished my BA in History and the certification process. I had a great 6 year run at that school, teaching various AP and IB level classes to high schoolers in grade 10 through 12. Lots of good memories.
Things went south over my last year teaching there. Over the years, I accumulated more and more responsibilities until I reached my limit. At the end of that school year (which would have been just a few months ago), the anxiety overwhelmed me leading to insomnia and depression (which is currently being professionally and medically taken care of).
I resigned from my position, not really due to these issues (my school administration 100% supported me with my struggles), but because my wife started her medical residency in another state (mentioned in this AskMe
). I am currently jobless, but I am in no financial rush to break into a new career right away. I don't want to get back into teaching (aside from substituting) right away either.
The issue is... teaching is all I professionally know. I don't really know what skills and habits I developed while teaching can be transferred to other jobs. If I were in an interview for a job and they asked me how my teaching experience would help me do that new job well, I would have no idea how to respond.
So, former teachers, how would you field that question? What experiences in teaching translated to the job hold now or another post-teaching job you had?