Asked on 15 Jan 2019
I'm suffering from a burnout. I studied computer science in the past, because it was believed to be profitable, but dropped out after one year to pursue my passion: teaching. Now after 5 years in the education sector, I am no longer passionate. I'm tired, but if I got back to CS, it will take another 2-3 years before I graduate. What should I do?
" I studied computer science in the past, because it was believed to be profitable, but dropped out after one year to pursue my passion: teaching. "
I think you made the right choice towards teaching.
Find out what is burning you out and try to resolve it.
Is usually all in your mind.
Time vs Money.
Unless your next option is really life changing, high chance the profitable dream from CS will not materialise and will make things worst for you.
Always embrace what is good around you (teaching is not a bad choice because good students will appreciate you) rather then chasing what you believe is good but in reality, CS is really tough.
Hope this helps in anyway. You know yourself Best!
Honestly no job is perfect. Grass always looks greener on the other side. In my opinion you have to be realistic and ask yourself what are you looking for. Once you know that you can decide what you need to do. All the best!
My wife used to be a school teacher, and she was at a crossroads on this too. Someone advised her 莫忘初心. Which means don’t forget your original intent in joining the teaching force. hers is Her love to teach. She is now much happier teaching as a private tutor.
What is it about your role that is causing you to burn out? Expectations from your bosses or parents? If you are with MOE perhaps you can finish your bond first, then look into something related to education, like tuition services which is kinda evergreen. Hope this helps
i can empathise a bit with your situation because I have been working as a teacher for almost all my working life.
i say almost because after working for 7 years as a teacher, I called it quits and ventured out into the media industry as a PR executive at the ripe old age of 33. I love writing and thought writing press releases and feature articles would be my cup of tea.
i quickly realised that while I love writing, writing on demand in front of the laptop is an entirely different beast. Really missed the interactivity of teaching and went back to teaching after my probation.
i never regretted taking this detour because it helped me appreciate teaching more
the only thing to find out if CS is for you is to take a risk and give it a shot. What’s 2-3 years of your life if it really leads you to something else you are passionate about? If it doesn’t work out, well you now know better and can return to teaching in some capacity or other. Life is less irreversible than we think.
if you have decided to stay on in teaching, read this book called designing your work life. It’s the sequel to designing your life as recommended by Vincy. Lotsa good insights and makes you feel that you are in control
all the best!
Burnout can be caused by many reason. Do find out why and find alternative around the cause such as teaching at other places / institutions.
You can go try out at international school or even as Private tutor, those have less demands on non teaching task but focus more on teaching and earns more too but with the caveats of like private tutor need to work at night or weekend but weekday day time would be free. A change of environment or ways of work with different demands will put a different perspective and inject fresh new life into your career.
For switching to CS by studying or so, you can if you have the time and can afford the resources especially income. But do ask yourself what if 5 years later you're also sick about CS jobs ? till then pivot again ?
So at the end of the day, is we're able to find a job that meet sufficient needs on income, situations, environment and job satisfactions,we then live with the less than perfect situations. Within these factors, some trade off might be requires in order to get what you wanted. The truth is that we all live with some form of disatisfactions in order to get what we need for our loves one and ourselves. I suppose that is part of life that we have to learn to deal with.
The good thing is, when we felt burn out, a short holiday, a change of enviroment, a slight deviations without too big of a compromise would still be good.
Until we learn better financial planning to budget, save and invest to help ourself with passive income till one day we don't need to work for $ but let $ work for us and we spend our time doing what we like. Hang out and read up more investment related at Seedly especially their main website: https://blog.seedly.sg/ and other recommended financial bloggers will help us manage our finances better.
Hope your find the burn out reason soon and find alternative but still keep the passion of teaching. :)
Finally, life is short, go do what you would wanna do after you have done what needs to be done, we can FOMO a little :)
All the best! Cheers :)
When you are burnt out, you will think anything else is better.
My suggestion is to take a small holiday (can be anything off from work, not necessarilyust be going overseas etc). What is the main reason why you love teaching?
Find the reason back. Think of whether it's able to be done by alternatives. Not necessarily must be from MOE. Tutoring? Etc? Or even under training and development?
I would say to capitliase whatever skills set you have learnt and continue to transfer them to your new job. That would help you to stay competitive in the market with less experience needed.
Read also http://limpehft.blogspot.com/ for inspiration.