I was a bullied at work by a colleague to such an extent I didn’t want to continue my career in teaching.
I left for an office job and have since heard that the only witness to the bullying has left teaching too.
Everyone else either seemed oblivious at the time or just too scared to say anything.
The thing is, I really miss helping children. I didn’t just teach, I really believed in what I was doing.
I’m now struggling to find my way in a meaningless career.
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I think it’s a real shame you were bullied out of a job you loved and felt too scared to put in an official complaint about this colleague at the time.
But now you’ve left and put it behind you, there’s no reason why you can’t go back into teaching at a different school.
Supply teaching is a good way to experience lots of different schools and it could even lead to something full-time.
There are also lots of other jobs that involve helping children, such as nursery work and childminding.
The point is, why should you give up a job you love for the sake of this one very unpleasant person?
It might also help you to get closure and move on if you wrote to your previous school explaining why you left – it might make the bosses review things and prevent the same thing happening to anyone else.
Counselling could also help you to deal with those feelings of anger and frustration. Good luck.
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