So, I’ve mentioned that I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, but I’m not using it. Why, you ask? Well, let’s make a comparison chart. 🙂
Teaching vs. Other Professions (Namely, my office job)
PARENTS. —> No parents. 🙂
Constantly disciplining. —> Never disciplining. 🙂
LESSON PLANS. —> Leaving at the end of the day, because you are done. DONE!
Being around little people all day, who can’t think for themselves. —> Being around adults all day, who can. Or maybe they can’t, but that doesn’t affect your job. 🙂
Hiding your real thoughts. —> Sharing your real thoughts, only if you want.
20 minute (if you’re lucky) lunch breaks. —> Hour lunch breaks. 🙂
Constant stress. —> Not as much, or not the same level of, stress.
Grading papers. —> No grading papers.
Bathroom break ONLY. DURING. SPECIFIC. TIMES. —> Bathroom break, anytime. 🙂
Mind clearing breaks…what’s that? —> Mind clearing breaks, as you need them!
Not paid enough. —> The ability to move up if you want it, and get paid more than a teacher with a doctorate. 🙂
Hardly any adult interaction. —> All adult interaction.
Being accountable for 20+ little people, by yourself. —> Being accountable FOR yourself.
Faculty meetings, BEFORE or AFTER school. —> Meetings, DURING the work day.
Field trips. —> Business trips.
Cafeteria. —> Break room.
Okay, so the list sounds a little selfish, and it only shows the negatives of teaching and none of the positives (which are long term and soul-fulfilling), but for me, in the past year and a half, the negatives win. So at this point in my life, I am oh-so-very-much happier working for an office job temp agency. I come home much less stressed, with new ideas (ooo! like blogging!), no angry letters from parents, no criticism from administrators, no papers to grade, and I am more available for my husband and child. There are downfalls to this also…but we’re not going to focus on that now. 🙂 For now, I am happy, content, and open to new careers.
…but I did apply to Gwinnett County again in May. So if I got a call, I’d probably take the interview. Sigh.