Hi, I'm a mum of a 21-m-old boy and looking to change careers. I'm thinking about primary teaching or speech path. Really interested in any input anyone might have, esp if you trained recently. What aspects of the job do you enjoy or find challenging?
My background is medical, so the speech path might be better aligned with that, and it does really interest me. Id be interested in working with kids or adults. But Im hearing it's v hard to get a graduate position, esp in metropolitan areas. All the job ads seem to want 2 yrs experience....Plus the one graduate course Id be eligible for has a $60K price tag! That's a lot of HELP debt!!
Teaching also sounds very rewarding, but I'm also a bit concerned about the employment prospects (Id always thought they were crying out for teachers but then I read about teachers only being able to get supply work - so it seems again there is an oversupply in metropolitan areas). I'd be open to doing supply work, infact it sounds great while my son is young. But I think Id want a permanent position eventually). Im also worried about my confidence (or lack thereof) in group/public speaking settings, and how I'd cope with a boisterous class. Although I guess that is a learned skill to some extent?
Any advice very gratefully received.