|Thanks to Maria Mitchell for the illustration.|
Anisha, 30s, is a primary school teacher from Birmingham. After a spell teaching abroad, she returned to the UK unsure of her next steps.
"So, I came back from teaching in the Middle East last year. It was a private school with a really international staff – very diverse – and I really enjoyed it; the life in the Emirates was really good. Everyday, it was blue skies and warm weather. For me personally, it was a great experience. But when I came back to the UK, I wasn't sure about going back into teaching again full time. The thought of those early mornings again and getting up when it is dark was not for me at all! But then I didn't really fancy doing a year of supply again either. I get my positive energy from being around people, working in a team and being in a busy place – that’s harder to feel doing supply work.
“So, I thought about a change of direction and I decided to train as a life coach. In one of my previous schools, I had a managerial position and I'd used some coaching techniques with some of the teachers I was supervising. And they had said how effective it was and that I should consider training to be a coach. I wanted to use my life coaching skills with teachers who had fallen out of love with their job. To try and motivate them to go back into the classroom or rediscover their love for teaching. I spoke to a few headteachers about running training courses with their staff. They really liked the ideas, but it was hard to find anyone willing to pay me for it. They said they couldn't prioritise the money for that at the moment. It's a shame because I think it would be really interesting and there are lots of teachers who it would help.
“So, I have decided to go back into teaching for now and I've just gone back at a new school. It’s fine and I'll see how it goes but I want to try something different in the future for sure.”