Have you trid working in the independent sector? (ducks)
Any ex science teachers on here?
Work smart and work efficiently. 70hr weeks are nuts.
Marking is one way of cutting time - think about what the point of marking is - showing how to improve - and go from there. If I'm writing the same thing on every book I stop and just tell them all the write the same target in. Spending more than an hour and a half on a set of books is unsustainable.
I get masses dealt with via my phone as my emails all come through to that.
I'm at my desk by 7am, always come in to no emails as all dealt with in front of TV the previous evening. I leave at 4pm unless I have meetings or events then do an hour or so planning at home post-ride.
I am anally organised in terms of lesson resources saved in folders, batches of copying etc. Just try to do everything as efficiently as possible and you'll get your life back. I live by 'only touch each sheet of paper once'.
When I started out, my mentor said 6yrs in and it gets easier - they were right. Now in my 9th year and it's a very rewarding and enjoyable job.
Interesting point gee makes.
My sister works like a lunatic, and moans bitterly about it the whole time. But I suspect she does a lot she doens't need to.
My sister is an NHS scientist. She did her degree in biochemistry, specialising in genetics. The NHS are helping her with her PHD which she has nearly finished.
Could someone expand on the subject of bioengineering being a good area to get into, do you mean specifically bacteriophage therapy....or any biotech area eg nanobiotechnology etc
Bioprocess engineering. The production of therapeutic proteins by effectively mass cell culture. 6/10 of eh world's best selling medicines are therapeutic proteins ad most of the forthcoming medical advances in drug therapy are likely to come from the same route.
Or you could go into brewing - it's pretty much the same skill.
I've still not found another job teaching.
Any other suggestions? I'm not going to go into research/ do a pHd.
OP I'd look to move to industry. I post-doc'd for 7yrs and decided that I wouldn't make it to run a group so moved to Biotech. I've worked in 3 companies for the last 12 years and now run my clinical genetics company which I'd partner in. Although it's hard to get into industry good people progress. The main issue you find is that lab scientists sometimes have a negative view of industry, particularly the sales side.
Get into brewing maybe? Real ale is an unstoppable force at the moment, which does suggest that the optimal time may have passed (at least in the UK) to get involved, but there are surely still opportunities.
If you could go overseas with it that might be easier. Train to brew here in the UK - the temple of ale. Then go forth as an ale missionary to distant lands, casting out lager to the outer darkness.
Real ale bar in somewhere like St Sebastian, Northern Spain, would be bang tidy.
My university had a brewing degree, one of 2 in the english speaking world at the time, but I hated beer with a passion at uni and never thought about how employable a brewing degree would have made me.
Perhaps that might be a goer.
I switched from teaching to policing via a number of IT based jobs. Both are more about job satisfaction than pay and conditions. I have to say although policing can involve long hours at least when I leave that's it.
Terms/pay/pensions are taking a bit of a hit at the moment but I still wouldn't do anything else..
General advice again but it is worth a go, make a list of your skills
Without using the word teacher or school....
That is a skill set you have that is independent of your job, it's transferable. Go and speak to some specialist recruiters ( a long time ago but SRG were quite good when I used them for scientific work)
Depending on where you live it will make things easier or harder.
On top of that there is the freelance training and development side where you get to teach people who want to learn.
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