Apologies in advance about the long post. Tired out mumma here, pondering a career change and looking for some advice.
I am after open, honest, realistic advice about whether a Primary/ Kindergarten career is a good fit for an introverted, shy, self-deprecating, idealistic perfectionist with low self esteem and anxiety issues? (sounds alot worse written down!!)
I have always aspired to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education, however due to long-term health issues have been unable to do so despite several attempts. I eventually decided to establish my personal life (wedding, house and baby) before returning to finish my studies. I'm now trying to decide what direction to take to improve our financial position and find a personally fulfilling career.
Along the way I have constantly pondered over returning to study. However I have equally doubted whether my personality is ultimately a good fit for the job, yet I can't seem to let the idea go. As a classic introvert I enjoy socializing and engaging with others, however I require lots of alone time to recharge. I find polite small talk at work to be exhausting. I obviously worry that days filled with teaching, mentoring, talking, meetings, planning, student/staff/parent interaction would leave me too drained to enjoy my own family.
The things that draw me to the job are the idealistic aspects of it - changing students lives, inspiring the future, helping disadvantaged students build better futures for themselves, nurturing kindness and empathy in the next generation. The creativity - decorating a classroom, creating motivational spaces for students, etc.The little light bulb moments.I value the little things in life enormously and place great importance on finding a working career that "makes a difference" or has "purpose".
I know any teacher will roll their eyes at this comment, but the drastic difference in wage compared to my current salary would change our financial lives enormously.
So what are your thoughts? Any teachers out there with personalities like mine that are thriving? Struggling? Any advice from spouses/ children/ friends of teachers?
Another avenue I have been pondering over the last few years is Graphic Design - something I was. greatly interested in when completing VCE but was discouraged from pursuing due to well meaning teachers/ parents encouraging me to pursue a more financially lucrative career.
I would love to have my own little online business designing stationary and printables from home.
Any thoughts on this?
Thanks so much for your time!
Edited by Squisheee, 12 June 2019 - 01:51 PM.