So is there life after teaching? I want to devote this blog to a profession that is in crisis in the UK
Teaching – one of the noblest professions
Similar to Martians and little green men, the question “Is there life after teaching?” is a hot topic in many school staff rooms. Recently I’ve met many teachers who all seem to be saying much the same thing – I want out! In fact, according to the Telegraph (Oct 2015) more than half are considering leaving the profession in the next two years, which is a tragic situation.
Teaching is one of the noblest, most affirming and life-giving careers that it is possible to find. It is a calling that can draw out the treasured potential from the depth of a person and change the course of history:
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out – Proverbs 20:5
So, if you are a teacher, I salute you and pray that God would renew, refresh and reinvigorate your calling during 2016.
Not necessarily a job for life
However, not all of us are called to remain in the same profession for a lifetime and if the prospect of continuing in teaching for another year fills you with dread then it may be just the time to consider a career change.
Here are a few ideas to help you transfer the wealth of experience gained through teaching into a complementary but different career. Is there life after teaching? Most definitely!