After an awfully long time of being ill I'm starting to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and I'm now considering the bold move of getting back into work. I had a quick browse for jobs in Dubai covering project management but I don't think I can face the long hours, stress and paperwork anymore. Is teaching a better option I wonder?
I've been working as a TA at a primary school since October but have had to take at least a month off for being ill. It's tolerable, but I must admit I utterly loathe teaching kids about basic English and Maths, guided reading is also spectacularly dull. If I'm going to teach then I want to teach something I'm interested in and have a passion for, fortunately the Ancient Greeks will be coming up next term so I hope to give a few classes, tho at a Primary level (age 10/11) it will probably be very basic stuff.
It's a delicate balance between work and affluence, I don't think I'll ever be rich if I go into teaching, poverty is a realistic prospect actually. Starting a career as a teacher nowadays means I'll probably never own my own house and probably work until I die too, but at least my brief period of existence will have been spent doing something which I want to do, rather than throwing the precious moments of a fleeting life away in a monotonous office.
Now I've stopped waffling about philosophy, how does one break into this history teaching lark? It appears to be rather more difficult now in the UK. Every man and his dog wants to do teaching due to the recession and history is a rather popular subject. I only have a 2:2, my excuse was that I was fairly young (graduated at 23) and probably not mature enough to undertake a degree. Is that a disastrous result or can I still teach without a 2:1/First?
I've some teaching experience now at a Primary school as well as a month spent teaching English in China. What else can I do to bump up my chances of getting on a PGCE course? I've given up on GTP history as they're as elusive as gold dust. I guess I could volunteer my services to a Secondary School History Dept, tho I'm not even sure if they're taking volunteers at the moment...
Is further education the answer? Should I consider an MA or trying to do some independent historical research? I guess schools are more interested in practical teaching experience than detailed subject knowledge.
Thanks in advance!