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I followed my dreams in my career to be a teacher, and now I'm very miserable and unhappy. What should I do from here?

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?

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    • Kenichi Xi
      Kenichi Xi, nᴉʍ oʇ dǝnᴉʇsǝd 不能说的秘密 at Tag Team with Gabriel Tham
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      Answered on 15 Jan 2019

      " 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!

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    • Tina Sharon Lee
      Tina Sharon Lee
      21 Answers, 38 Upvotes
      Answered on 15 Jan 2019

      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!

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    Alvin Teo
    Alvin Teo
    20 Answers, 35 Upvotes
    15 Jan 2019

    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.

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