Teachers I meet and comments I read from teachers on social media often talk about how stressed they are and for many how, quite frankly, fed up they are with their career. I’ve paraphrased some of the most common comments I hear:
Given that, as a teacher, you are preparing young people to thrive in adult life, this all seems wrong to me. I’m not going to turn this into a rant though, and if you resonate with any of those points above, I’m sure we could talk about what’s wrong with the system all day.
However, in the spirit of practicing what I preach, here are some tips to help you start changing things.
Tip 1: Notice your mindset around this
It’s very easy to keep focussed on what’s wrong, but as the saying goes “if you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”. I work with people who’ve sometimes been stuck in jobs they don’t enjoy and find stressful for many years. Recognising this mindset is often the kick that gets things moving for them
Tip 2: Ask good questions
My favourite here is, especially given tip 1, “so what would I rather have and feel?”.
Come up with at least three options. They don’t all have to be sensible, but if you have more than three options you have given yourself choice and started to put you back in charge of your own career.
If you’re unhappy in any way with your career, you might split your options into two categories: big changes that you want to make to your career and short term changes that you’d like to see in the meantime.
Tip 3: Make a difference right now
Choose some actions, and make sure you take them, that will make your current experience of teaching less stressful and hopefully more enjoyable. Here are three suggestions:
If you want to talk about your teaching career and how to move forward (either within teaching or making a career change), book a free career strategy/discovery session at https://calendly.com/dave-careers/20.
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