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Old 10-03-2020, 02:06 PM
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SighÖ I've been thinking of leaving, but the paycheck is also a big deal - I'm the primary breadwinner in the family. Especially now with the bad economyÖ

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I'm so much happier after leaving service. The days in sch left me so so drained, and I fell ill very often. I had no time for my family and even when I met friends, I didn't feel happy.

It has been almost 3 years since I left sch, and I haven't regretted my decision.

Only thing I miss, is the fixed, certain, secured paycheck every month. Oh, and bonus.

Well, can't have everything in life I guess.



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SighÖ I've been thinking of leaving, but the paycheck is also a big deal - I'm the primary breadwinner in the family. Especially now with the bad economyÖ
yes the pay...and have to be honest...not easy to look for a job...esp if the only job we had to date is being a teacher...

and it's a big paycutÖ.more so taking into account the bonuses..

butttttt...i'm much happier now...less tired...healthier...and my family is happier too..things money can't buy

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Sounds nice... =)

Would you consider FAJT assignments? Or will those only bring back all the downsides of the job anyway...

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yes the pay...and have to be honest...not easy to look for a job...esp if the only job we had to date is being a teacher...

and it's a big paycutÖ.more so taking into account the bonuses..

butttttt...i'm much happier now...less tired...healthier...and my family is happier too..things money can't buy

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unless u're those that can just go to sch...do ur thing....and leave...i'm guessing it'll be back to square one...

so nope. I won't.
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Hi. Iíve been thinking of leaving too. Iíve only taught for a year and Iím bonded for 7 years... Iíd rather have a 9 to 5 office job than being a teacher. Like what others said, it sucks you dry. Itís emotionally and physically draining..

Honestly whats stopping me from quitting is the liquidated damage that I have to pay back if I choose to quit.. Itís close to 200k and obviously I donít have that kind of money with me.

Does anyone know any bond breakers? Or if itís possible to waive the liquidated damage?
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Hi. Iíve been thinking of leaving too. Iíve only taught for a year and Iím bonded for 7 years... Iíd rather have a 9 to 5 office job than being a teacher. Like what others said, it sucks you dry. Itís emotionally and physically draining..

Honestly whats stopping me from quitting is the liquidated damage that I have to pay back if I choose to quit.. Itís close to 200k and obviously I donít have that kind of money with me.

Does anyone know any bond breakers? Or if itís possible to waive the liquidated damage?
Why is ur bond so long
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Hi. Iíve been thinking of leaving too. Iíve only taught for a year and Iím bonded for 7 years... Iíd rather have a 9 to 5 office job than being a teacher. Like what others said, it sucks you dry. Itís emotionally and physically draining..

Honestly whats stopping me from quitting is the liquidated damage that I have to pay back if I choose to quit.. Itís close to 200k and obviously I donít have that kind of money with me.

Does anyone know any bond breakers? Or if itís possible to waive the liquidated damage?
I know a few bond breakers but they broke it very very early and only pay a few thousand
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Why is ur bond so long
Likely to be overseas scholar hence the long bond otherwise will just be a 4-year NIE or local scholar bond.

Personally, I left teaching in 2015 when I was close to 30 after teaching for close to 6 years. I enjoyed teaching at my Alma Mater and the main reason I left was because while teaching certainly has its challenges, it got less challenging after awhile. I was also curious about the private sector then. So taking a leap of faith, I resigned and decided to do a unrelated Masters to help myself transit into my new career. I'm grateful to my SLs who tried to dissuade me from leaving, giving me the option to go on no-pay leave and even mentioned that if I change my mind within 6 months, they'll request to Ministry to take me back.

Like what many have shared, one must be willing to take a pay cut and also be willing to start from the bottom. I took a 20% pay cut and was in a contract role before eventually being converted to a permanent role. In terms of salary, I would say I'm now probably slightly above the salary I would be drawing if I didn't leave service.

Do I miss teaching? Although I love what I'm doing now, I certainly do miss teaching because it is one of the most meaningful careers one can get. I work in the CBD now and I bump into my students there once a while. No amount of words can describe the pride and satisfaction I gain to see how much my students have come along and knowing that I've been part of that journey is just indescribable. I guess the mindset as to why you join service is important; sometimes a lot of what teachers perceive to be "admin" work are actually necessary to help develop the whole child. We don't only teach the subject that's being assigned to us but we are educators and we owe a duty of care to our students. Politics honestly is everywhere and I would say the politics in teaching is mild compared to the cutthroat private sector.

Is it impossible to do something else apart from private tutoring? Definitely not but it does come with sacrifices and a lot of determination. All the best!
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Hi. Iíve been thinking of leaving too. Iíve only taught for a year and Iím bonded for 7 years... Iíd rather have a 9 to 5 office job than being a teacher. Like what others said, it sucks you dry. Itís emotionally and physically draining..

Honestly whats stopping me from quitting is the liquidated damage that I have to pay back if I choose to quit.. Itís close to 200k and obviously I donít have that kind of money with me.

Does anyone know any bond breakers? Or if itís possible to waive the liquidated damage?
Are you a diploma holder for O level scheme who crossed over to University.

Cos o level scheme is bonded for 5 years. Then you cross over to uni add another couple of yes. Es.

Total 7 years but seriously if you were not in it for teaching, you shouldn't have taken it up.
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I know a few bond breakers but they broke it very very early and only pay a few thousand
They broke it very very early when they started their training at nie.
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