General Chat Thread, Leaving School Teching in General; Well, after over 2 and a half years service, I've handed my notice in, and am walking away from school ...
5th October 2009, 12:32 PM #1
Leaving School Teching
Well, after over 2 and a half years service, I've handed my notice in, and am walking away from school teching, most likely for good.
Some of you may remember my trouble about a year ago with unmanageable workload and bullying at work - since then I took about 2 months off with stress, received extensive councelling, then was enrolled on a phased return to work.
Things were looking good until about a month after I had fully returned to work, when I got told I was being made redundant, with an offer of reduced hours and reduced pay.
This was another hard kick in a long line of work-related misfortune, and so with that I booked myself on a plane to New Zealand and have decided to take some serious time out with my lovely girlfriend, travelling the country and actually living a little.
I've had 2 and a half years of life controlled by school. I was only 18 when I started working here (I'm 21 now), and I have been unable to fully express myself out of work.
Due to school tidyness and image, I have been unable to modify my car (without forefieting my use of the car park) for example, I have felt (although never been told) that I am unable to persue an image that fits the lifestyle I lead, for example, tatoos, piercings etc.
I have also not been able to fully persue my music career, coming in from work completely exhausted means I have not been able to write as much and perform as much (for those of you interested in acoustic music: http://www.isaacbirchall.com -- shameless plug I know...).
I left school as a pupil at the age of 16, only to return at the age of 18 - I feel like I need to completely move away and move on now.
All this is about to change - saving hard for the last few months and a work visa purchased means I can take some real time out, knowing I never have to come back to this place, these people.
And so on the 16th, I hang up my keys, switch my light off, swap backup tapes and pencil in laptop bookings for the last time, and my god it's going to feel good.
By the 25th I'll be on the other side of the swamp, 11 and a half thousand miles away to be more precise.
I'd just like to thank everyone on this board who have helped over the last couple of years, it's been grand!
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5th October 2009, 12:39 PM #2
Glad you're doing something you want! Good luck!
5th October 2009, 12:49 PM #3
Very best wishes for your future - it sounds like you've had a tough time.
5th October 2009, 12:52 PM #4
Good luck - I would certainly recommend travel whilst you are young with no commitments.
5th October 2009, 12:52 PM #5
Nice one! IMHO you're doing exactly the right thing - good luck...
5th October 2009, 01:04 PM #6
You're not allowed to park a modded car in your schools car park?!
5th October 2009, 01:05 PM #7
I feel like that sometimes. Even considered migrating to NZ or OZ for a few years as well, but my wife is very much a family girl and could not bear to be away from everyone.
Stress is part and parcel of working in Education. One of my bugbears here, plus the poor pay in comparison to some of the teachers who only do half of what we do in comparison.
Good luck mate, wish I could do the same.
5th October 2009, 01:08 PM #8
5th October 2009, 01:09 PM #9
All the very best mate - I hope you find what you are looking for.
Nice tunes BTW
5th October 2009, 01:11 PM #10
All the best mate! enjoy the time and make the most of it
5th October 2009, 01:13 PM #11
I hope you find what it is your lookin for and all goes well for you.
On another note i would seriously look into the legal framework for sueing your employers using a no win no fee vendor along the lines of constructive dissmisal. It may be that you don't feel like this at the moment but when you have had time to adjust and think you may wish too.
All the best enjoy.
5th October 2009, 01:17 PM #12
I wish you all the best and hope that you enjoy yourself and whatever you do in the future.
5th October 2009, 01:20 PM #13
Good to see your doing something you want to do. Remember there are places that value their staff. It seems unfortunate that you school haven't valued you, but then just think at least you've managed to get enough money to do a little bit of travelling.
Enjoy it while you can
5th October 2009, 01:25 PM #14
go for it
sounds like your school was run by a bunch of very nasty folk..........
best to vote with your feet sometimes
anyway enjoy nz , i know i miss it heaps
you doing exactly the right thing,
enjoy life ,
work to live, not live to work thats my motto
5th October 2009, 08:49 PM #15
As Matt said... Have fun in the land of the long white cloud.
I miss it too
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