So I’m going back to my old job. Teaching is not the job for me. 🙂
Although it involves a two hour daily commute, the benefits are better, I’m more sane, and the people are like family. AND I need the intellectual stimulation. I’m going back full-time to start with and after the new lab is up and running, we’ll establish a schedule/plan that works better for me (as per the new boss). It’s a management position and I’m excited to go back to my old “family”.
Perk-I’m paid by the school until the end of August and I left my old job at the end of August last year…as long as I return within a year I still get all my old “perks” back just like I never left. Extended vacation time that I earned after ten years of service there.
Drawbacks-it’s a long commute. I don’t totally mind the drive, but I have to keep a gas-friendly vehicle and it won’t make sense to get a new fancy car. Oh well…I’d rather wake up happy to go to my job. I know I’m crazy to sign back up for that commute, but I’ve missed that place.
I won’t ever go back to teaching. I was going to use this year to close out that “student teaching” requirement and I won’t even bother to go through the steps required to finish out certification. I don’t like it and I’d probably wait tables before I ever went back to it. Let’s call that almost completely Masters in Education degree a complete waste of time and money. Oh well. I’ll kick myself each time I pay that student loan each month but honestly I really am happier to go back to research. And the job is pretty flexible and like I said, we’ll modify accordingly once we get my new lab going. I’m excited to work for such a brilliant guy with such cool research!
And oh yeah, I won’t have to do any work at home and I’ll be able to blog more. 😉 Thanks for your support guys, back when I made the decision to try teaching. I should have just taken my boss up on it when he said, “Is there any way I can convince you to stay?”. I should have said three days a week, ten hour days, and I’ll stay. 🙂 Eventually, I hope to do M,T, Th, F with Wednesdays off and a workday of 8-4 on the other days. Should be ok right?