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I'm eleven years into my career as a Special Education teacher, but I'm finally understanding the burnout that causes so many of us to leave the profession. This is the second year that I've found my job more stress inducing and frustrating than satisfying, so have once again been considering finding different employment. The thought is scary since I have zero idea what else I could do. Everything I've researched seems to lead to some variation of teaching, but after these past two years, getting a job that's merely teaching in disguise is less than alluring. I'm also afraid of how this would affect my retirement since if I leave after only eleven years, I won't be getting much when I finally retire. For those of you who don't know, teaching pensions don't come out of social security, but their own funding. Since I don't have enough work units for social security, all of my retirement funding is currently relying on the job I have.

It's frightening.

I was hoping the writing might supplement my income in case it gets to the point where I have to quit or lose my sanity entirely, but that income is more of a trickle than anything helpful. Hell, it's more like the faucet that drips every so often so it's rather brazen to call it even a trickle. So I can't rely on that at all.

The only other skill I have is making kick-ass construction paper creations for my bulletin boards (I made the Impala once!), but I can't make a career-hobby out of that. Their odd shapes and laminated paper components would make them nearly impossible to ship (unless I use a flattened refrigerator box!), even if anyone wanted one.

I'm at a loss.

So if you can think of alternative jobs that aren't teaching related that would best utilize my skills as a teacher with a slight artistic bent, then feel free to suggest something. It can't hurt!

Date: 2016-10-03 03:47 am (UTC)
legio: You can keep your hat on (Default)
From: [personal profile] legio
I'll give it a try.

Has little to do with art, but you could work in an administrative position, in organisations who works towards special needs kids, making/changing policies, deciding which project is the most use full etc.
With 11 years of experience there are probably allot of administrative positions you could work in.


Date: 2016-10-05 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hunters-retreat.livejournal.com
*hugs* I'm so sorry to hear about that. I know burnt out is pretty bad in this field. A teacher I work with this year said her class has her so stressed out that she's going home in tears almost every night. She's a good teacher but her class is a mix and she doesn't have the support she needs to make it run smoothly. I get tense and anxious just covering shifts in her class, I can't imagine what she feels like.

I'm afraid I don't have anything to offer, except sympathy. And a thank you, as the mother of a CA kiddo on the spectrum, I know it's a tough job and I have so much admiration for anyone who chooses to teach this population. As an aide in a special needs classroom, I applaud you as well. I can do what I do every day because I have an amazing teacher backing me up every step of the way and I know that it's the teachers that make the progress happen. Thank you for that :P

*hugs*

Date: 2016-10-06 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] charibob.livejournal.com
Consider library work.

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