I just got my first paycheck since going full-time, and I’m floored. I changed from teaching to I.T. with the intention of making more money for my family in the long run. Well, I was successful – changing careers has resulted in a pay raise of almost $8,000 with less than six months experience.
I saw I.T. as having more earning potential – a higher ceiling for success and salary – and overall a better opportunity to provide a fuller life for my wife and child. I never dreamed I would surpass my old salaries so fast. I never realized how undervalued I was as a teacher. I never dreamt it would be this easy to find solid footing in another career.
Of course I’m pleased. Of course I’m excited about what this means for my family – but I’m sad about what this means for the society we live in. How can a job that involved the nurturing and growing of our children be valued less than a career that fixes most problems with a restart? Sure, there’s more challenging issues that involve tapping education, research, and problem-solving skills – but none that come even remotely close to those I had to utilize as a teacher. In that career, I was working with people… this job is just circuits and low-voltage.
I was a good teacher. I’m a decent I. T. guy. This world has my head spinning again.