Posted by tracerace11 (286 posts) -

I am 25 years old. I am in my third year of teaching at a local middle school. I have taught part time at local community colleges. I enjoy math, and I am good at teaching math, but I am not sure if I do enjoy teaching. On top of that, I do not know if I will enjoy teaching for another 7+ years. I kind of feel like a freshman in college, unsure of the path I want to take (which by the way happened when I was a freshman in college).

Maybe this is just stress related (teacher, assistant football coach, head boys' soccer coach, part time adjunct at a community college, graduate student at local university, and 9 month old child). Maybe this is normal to get three years into a job and not be sure if I want to continue down this path. Maybe my personality I just want to try something new.

Over the summer I started working on codecademy.com. I went through the web essentials course and the javascript course. I enjoyed them pretty well, but now that school has started back (and you see my schedule) I don't have time to continue to develop my abilities and skills in this field.

I have been contacted by a couple other counties about teaching for them (like I said I am good at teaching. As far as I know, I am one of the few teachers to receive top marks my first two years of teaching). I also know that I am sought out since I teach math (highly qualified K-12).

So what do I do? I know that if it is in my control, I really do not want to be at my school again next year (love the school and students, but despise what the county is doing). I want to be in another county or school system. I think I might would enjoy teaching full time at a community college, but it is a bit difficult to get a full time job with only a bachelors in mathematics. I will have 18 hours of graduate work finished at the end of May, so I could possibly look into taking enough math graduate courses to make me more marketable for a full time position at a community college.

Or do I take this opportunity to break away and look at entry level positions in other industries, or stay with education, let the schedule settle down, and continue to work on codecademy.com (or another website that has similar offerings such as codeavengers)? I enjoyed working this summer on coding, and I would like to continue to do so, whether through online courses or taking classes at my community college.

I know I didn't get to specific with much of this. I really just wanted to get some of these ideas and thoughts somewhere and not solely in my mind anymore. Any thoughts or advice is appreciated.

#1 Edited by Slag (3365 posts) -

Sounds to me that you don't want to teach. Nothing you said makes me think you actually enjoy it. And if you don't enjoy it then why do it?

Better to leave now (or maybe next summer now that school has started if you can last) while you are on good terms with your bosses. That might not be true if you stay and your unhappiness affects your performance.

Do that other thing and if it sucks you can always go back to teaching. Being a qualified math teacher you'll probably always have opportunities.

The worst is living with regrets.

#2 Edited by Milkman (16233 posts) -

Start slinging dope. You're already teaching at a middle school and community college so you have a TON of potential buyers.

#3 Posted by guiseppe (2833 posts) -

Ironically, I know what I want to be, and I want to be a teacher.

#4 Edited by Slag (3365 posts) -

Also might want to delink your twitter from GB, from what you've shared your employer could potentially infer your identity and the fact you don't want to stay at your job based on what you've left around if they are snooping. This day and age I think you have to assume they are.

#5 Posted by awesomeusername (4060 posts) -

I hate math

#6 Posted by ManMadeGod (1510 posts) -

There is no such thing as a dream job. The faster you realize this the better. You can code on the side as a hobby, but stick with teaching and get hired full time. Welcome to the "real world".

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (34650 posts) -

There is no such thing as a dream job.

What about a Freudian psychotherapist?

#8 Posted by Missacre (566 posts) -

There is no such thing as a dream job. The faster you realize this the better. You can code on the side as a hobby, but stick with teaching and get hired full time. Welcome to the "real world".

Maybe not to you. I got my dream job a couple of years ago and I've never been happier.

#9 Posted by Rick_Fingers (524 posts) -

If you're in a decent paying job you don't hate and you have a kid, I wouldn't be walking out and starting from scratch somewhere else.

Pull back on non-paying extracurricular activities and use the additional downtime to pursue coding or whatever else. Get yourself good enough and then consider a change in vocation.

I don't love my job, but it's good enough and pays great. It supports me, helps my wife and I save money and think about buying a house and having baby.

I'm also a published author, but not a good enough one to roll around in my millions of dollars. I would love to quit my job and write full time, and maybe I'll have that opportunity one day, after I've had more success and gotten myself into a position where success might be a realistic goal.

Now isn't that time.

#10 Posted by TheHumanDove (2397 posts) -

Be an airplane

#11 Posted by Flappy (2037 posts) -

Get into the porn industry; your mood may not improve, but at least you'll be bustin' nuts.

I hope you find happiness, homie.

#12 Posted by JasonR86 (9381 posts) -

Me neither.

#13 Posted by djn3811 (42 posts) -

Unfortunately no one can answer the question of what you should do except for yourself. I am 21, have changed my major twice in college, and still have no idea what to do with my life. I kinda wish someone would just assign me my plan for my career and life, that would theoretically make things easier and much less stressful, but I guess that's the exciting part, figuring things out for yourself.

It sounds like you have something stable right now and with a young kid that might be what's best for now. You may have do what you want on the side, at least until you can get a foothold in your preferred career.

Good luck, I hope you make a decision and everything works out for you

#14 Posted by SSully (4060 posts) -

I am all for doing what you want and trying to live happy, but you really need to keep in mind that you have a family to support. I would stick with a paying job and learn new skills on the side. Unless you have a huge savings, which is unlikely for a teacher, then I dont imagine supporting your family will be very easy when trying to get an entry level position after messing around on codecademy.

As for continuing learning to code, codecademy is great, but it isn't the defacto way to learn. It teaches you good ground work, but it can lead to bad habbits. If you know what you want to program(web apps, data processing, games) then I suggest you pick up some books/take online classes(cousera, etc). The best way to learn to program is to learn the basics, and then pick a project. Start off with something small and work your way up. It's good to pick a project(like building a personal blog) because you will be fucking lost at first. But from that comes discovery and understanding.

I am still an undergrad and no expert by any means, but feel free to PM me if you have any programming questions.

#15 Posted by senrat (290 posts) -

Im a sophmore in college for computer engineering. I choose it for its combination of potential earnings and plentiful number of jobs. Im more interested in computers than most other fields, but im by no means passionate about it yet. I stopped thinking about scoring a mythical job that is both fulfilling and pays well a while ago. Hell, I dont even remotely know what my drean job would be.

#16 Posted by crusader8463 (14326 posts) -

It never hurts to look into other fields, but unless the job you go into is stable for a long time and will make enough money to raise the kid you just had don't go job hunting. The last thing you need is the stress of learning a new job on top of raising a kid. Save up for a few years and when you have enough stashed away then go job hopping.

Also, you could always fake your own death and start all over in a new life. Just putting options out there.

#17 Edited by audioBusting (1318 posts) -

Learning how to code is cool, but it takes a really long time to get good enough and there's no telling that you'll enjoy it at that point. I know people who loved doing IT and software development until they got their first job in the industry and summarily quit.

I don't know much about jack shit, but it sounds to me like you got some good options with what you've got (like you said, you have offers and qualifications and all) so it seems like a bad idea to jump ship so early. You got a kid to feed, man. We always need good science teachers anyway.

Anyways, good luck dude. Hope it'll all work out for you.

#18 Edited by believer258 (11061 posts) -

Dude, good teachers in public schools are rare. I won't ask you to stay there if you hate it, but I will ask you to think about what you can give to kids before deciding that you don't ever want to teach again. Also, it sounds like you have a steady job as a teacher, and that means a steady income for your family.

As for me, I've been looking into becoming a game designer but I don't know much code. I have ideas about how I'd like to design games, but don't know where to start. As a senior English major, time is short - I'm trying to read four novels and one epic at once while writing essays on all of them and a thesis on that epic. And there's a foreign language and upper-level history in there somewhere. Ain't got time for no math.

#19 Edited by Harkat (1090 posts) -

@slag said:

Also might want to delink your twitter from GB, from what you've shared your employer could potentially infer your identity and the fact you don't want to stay at your job based on what you've left around if they are snooping. This day and age I think you have to assume they are.

I was going to say, how the fuck do you do that? There's no option for it in profile settings.

#20 Posted by Slag (3365 posts) -

@harkat said:

@slag said:

Also might want to delink your twitter from GB, from what you've shared your employer could potentially infer your identity and the fact you don't want to stay at your job based on what you've left around if they are snooping. This day and age I think you have to assume they are.

I was going to say, how the fuck do you do that? There's no option for it in profile settings.

hot dang, it looks like you're right. Jeez I hope that's fixed soon or that I'm just missing that somewhere in the interface.

Maybe @rorie could help out the OP if he wants to do that?

#21 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2151 posts) -

@milkman said:

Start slinging dope. You're already teaching at a middle school and community college so you have a TON of potential buyers.

#22 Edited by Tireyo (6382 posts) -

I'm just a year younger than you, and I still don't have a job. Just be glad you have one, or have one lined up beforehand if you decide to quit a job. I cannot offer really any genuine advice, but go with your gut or what you think is the best thing to do.