I’ve changed careers more than once and I’ve changed jobs more times than I care to keep track of. Changing careers has always felt like going towards an answer to the question, “What Should I Do With My Life?” Changing jobs has always felt like leaving a bad situation and praying that the next job wouldn’t have a bad boss, bad co-worker or shit working conditions. When I worked in the business world, every new job meant significantly more money but it was a crap shoot whether it would be a better work environment. Strangely, I changed careers once when the work environment in the current job was extremely good.
My current job is a dead-end job. If I left and went elsewhere I could make significantly more money with more career opportunities, but it would mean working more hours doing work that at best is annoying. I have an extremely competent boss, the workload is never insurmountable, and once I get in the car to drive home I literally forget about work until the next morning’s commute. Never bring work home, never work weekends and rarely work overtime.
Truth be told, I am working on my next career and I’ll probably be working a lot more with more responsibilities. And that’s okay: your job is a mosaic of pluses and minuses, and you can be equally happy (or at least satisfied) with completely different combinations.
Not sure what you were looking for in a response, but hopefully it was an interesting enough read at the least. Saw teaching was one of your topics selected for this conversation. Is Ofsted driving you out of the profession, @United78? I have many UK educator followers on Twitter and I know morale has taken a beating for some.