I’m joining a company that I believe in. I’ve been working with my “new” employer for the last three years, moonlighting in the backroom on weekends while teaching weekdays. The team members at Target have treated me with respect and honor. On top of that, I’ve been impressed by Target’s focus on a clear mission and vision that drives everything it’s employees do.
I get more days off. For the last three years, I’ve been working seven days a week. My wife has worked two or three jobs at a time. We’ve made a living, but we haven’t had much of a life. Teaching didn’t lead us to this lifestyle, but to move out of this “always on” way of life, we knew we needed something more than teaching was able to deliver.
I get to focus on one job. I believe I’ve performed well in my core responsibilities as a classroom teacher, but who knows how much better I might have been if I could have focused completely on my classroom and leadership responsibilities. My new position will certainly demand my time and energy, but it will be one main demand, rather than three or four different employers demanding my time, attention, and creativity.
I have more options for career advancement. I’ve been really fortunate to serve in some interesting and important leadership positions in my district. At the end of the day, though, I was a classroom teacher filling some temporary committee and leadership positions that added nominal compensation to my base teacher pay. My new employer includes multiple departments and locations around the country, and advancement is encouraged. They even reimburse post-baccalaureate tuition costs. I would have had to take out student loans to get a master’s degree as a teacher.