Hi my name is Roma Dhameja and nearly a year ago I started this blog anonymously to test ideas about school leadership. At the time I couldn’t find a lot of material for those in educational Leadership who were not Heads so decided to contribute to the wonderful wealth of materials available online. I kept it anonymous because I didn’t want my ideas to be seen as a reflection of the Trust I work for thus allowing me to write freely and play with ideas online. However, things changed in 2020.
I have the utter most respect for those in school leadership I really cannot emphasise that enough, but it was not for me.
Why School Leadership was not for me
To be honest I knew before 2020 that I wasn’t loving my role as VP, in fact I wasn’t convinced I’d enjoyed Leadership as much as I loved teaching for a long time now. I have the utter most respect for those in school leadership I really cannot emphasise that enough, but it was not for me. The more impact I wanted to have the further away from the kids I felt the Leadership roles would take me. I would end up dealing with the very few kids who demanded the most attention, I missed being with the kids in the classroom. I watched Heads battle with the demands of their work and I couldn’t hand on heart say I wanted that for my life as I worked my way to Headship. So I decided to bow out and go back to teaching only this time part time.
Exploring other options
There was a lot of research published in 2017 which got much media attention about the number of careers one can expect to be in during their career. This is not jobs but careers. Lots of people found this nerve wracking, personally I was relieved that I wouldn’t do the same thing for over 50 years. Teaching is my second career. I was a Marketing Manager before I went in to education in my 20s. I switched into Teaching at 30 and now at 38 am starting to look outside education.
Teaching is my second career. I was a Marketing Manager before I went in to education in my 20s. I switched into Teaching at 30 and now at 38 am starting to look at what I may move on to next.
Starting over is scary
There’s no hiding from it. Starting over is scary and I don’t think it feels any easier as you get older. At 28 I moved in with my folks, not ideal but it saved me rent, as I completed my teacher training. At 38 I have a mortgage and other responsibilities it’s not as easy to restart. I’m also swimming against the tide, whilst most people are settling into higher positions at work I am bowing out. It’s both scary and thrilling.
No well-trodden road
Look for career advice online and much of it is targeted at 20 years olds coming out of university deciding on their first career. The truth is not much of the advice is relevant to a 38 year old (or older) who wants to start over. I’m not even wanting to leave education just explore other paths whilst I do it part time. Therefore, I have decided to document my journey as I figure things out. Hopefully, someone out there might find it reassuring, perhaps a little insightful and I’m hoping informative.
Look for career advice online and much of it is targeted at 20 years olds . But what about those who are older who want to change direction? So I have decided to document my journey…
So what now?
Well I’m not entirely sure and although that scared the life out of me at first I’ve settled into it and find it quite thrilling. I have spent a year trying different things, writing, sewing listening to a range of podcasts to get more informed and to be honest brave and well it’s time for me to see how I can take some of my ideas and create them into sources of revenue so that I can continue to do what I love, which is teaching and explore at the same time.