Today I finally made the decision to quit being a teacher. I'll finish up at the end of this semester, which gives my boss time to find replacements for the units I would normally teach, and for me to find a job. It was a difficult decision to make, but I think it was the right one, and my boss was very understanding and supportive. I feel like the government's decision to cut funding from tertiary institutes has resulted in many teachers being forced to leave their profession. I for one have had to make the decision to leave because I simply can't afford to live off a casual teacher's wage. Because of the budget cuts I won't get a contract. I'll never be more than a sessional. That's not enough for me, and I can't take the financial stress anymore.
I have met some great people, both students and teachers. I hope I've impacted positively on some of their lives, and helped them on their path to a career in the animal industry.
I don't know what I'll go on to do yet. I still have a few years until I finish my graphics degree. Maybe I'll go back to work in the animal industry, or maybe even retail. As long as I have regular income and I don't hate where I work I'll be happy! Let's see what the future holds for me!