January 28, 2013 6:43 AM Subscribe
I quit my job teaching. Please help give me suggestions for what I should do next.
In DC or surrounding area
For a variety of very good reasons (MeFi mail me if you're curious) I've quit my job teaching in DCPS after a year and a half and I'm not looking to return to a classroom. I need to figure out what to do next and I need to do it fairly quickly; I'm twenty-eight and, while that's not super old, I'm also past the point where I'm willing to try five jobs in three months. I want a good job that works for me and I'd like to stick with it. I'd appreciate any suggestions based on the following criteria (from most to least important):
Makes at least $45,000 a year
No more school (I have an undergraduate degree in English and a Master's in Teaching Elementary), at least immediately; I'd be willing to go back in a few years if necessary
Fairly regularly schedule (I'm fine with the occasional late night or weekend but I'd really prefer a standard work week and daytime hours)
Something that lets me use my brain and ideally allows me to work with smart people
Not too much talking on the phone (might sound silly but I HATE talking on the phone; in person or via e-mail are fine but phones are bad for me)
Vague as this is, I think I'd like something with numbers or words or anything that at least lets me think critically/solve problems. If it helps, here are jobs I daydream about (although these might be terrible for me in reality):
Plumber (this seems like it would involve a lot of problem solving although I respect I'm probably wrong also obviously I'd need to go back to school)
Comedian (I enjoy the craft and writing parts of comedy but I don't know how I'd begin and I'm not really into working my way up from being a production assistant or anything)
Database person of some sort
Something to do with logistics
I'd be willing to keep working in education but not as a classroom teacher (something like a math or reading coach would be okay). I feel like this could either be the beginning of a beautiful adventure or a harrowing ordeal. In the interim I'm applying for temp jobs because I do much better with some structure to my day and I really do prefer to work; I am dedicated and smart and I work really hard and I'd like to find somewhere that those things are valued and where I can really contribute to the work. Any suggestions you have for what jobs or fields I should be applying for and/or how to find jobs and break into them would be very VERY much appreciated!