Being a teacher is a challenging job, but it should also be rewarding- and ultimately make you happy. Here are some of the key warning signs that could suggest that you might not be in the right role.
1. You find yourself complaining.
To colleagues, to friends. To that poor person at that party who asked what you do for a living. Everyone can have a grumble, and it can be a good way of letting off steam, but if you're spending your time ranting about work on a regular basis, it's definitely a sign you could be due for a change.
2. You're jealous of others.
If you have had a catch up with some of your PGCE friends and came away feeling green over their tales of a supportive leadership and well behaved class, then it might be time to look at other options.
3. You can't switch off.
Wake up. Go to work. Get home. Do a little more work. Go to sleep. Do some more work. Repeat.
Hard work and dedication are important qualities in being a teacher, but overworking can lead to stress and a poor work-life balance. If your role is taking over your life, it may be time to reassess.
4. You're feeling bored.
If you're not learning, or feeling challenged, and don't have new responsibilities and opportunities to grow into, it can be an indicator you're ready to move on.
5. You feel left out.
You don't need to worry too much about one or two incidents, but being excluded on a regular basis from social events, or certain meetings for example, can be a sign that the culture of your current role is toxic.
6. Your situation has changed.
Maybe you've got married, or are expecting a new addition to the family, and you have new priorities that are at odds with your job.
7. You're finding that your values don't align with your current school.
This is often caused by a change in leadership, but can be down to a variety of factors. If you're finding yourself on edge or feeling uncomfortable about the way things are run, it's often a sign you should be looking elsewhere.
8. You've stopped enjoying what you do.
This could be down to any number of reasons, but if you spend your Sundays panicking about the week ahead, or wake up dreading going to work in the morning, it's definitely a sign that it might be time to move on - or commit to making substantial changes to the way you work.
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