I know that you are not supposed to quit your job before you get another one, but that is what I did. Maybe it helps to get a background on some of this. I've had a really terrible time in my career. It may even be one of the reasons that I have had so many mental health issues. I know it's not the only one, but it's one. I had them prior, but it's played a huge part. To explain further, I've been a teacher for fifteen years, and it's been consistently quite bad the whole time. I've had three jobs in fifteen years. In the last one, I taught at a small high school. Public school was even far worse. My pay has not moved the entire time. About three and a half years ago I started at this private type company and started teaching high school. There were a lot of things that I liked about it. But, there were a couple of things that were a real mess. My co-worker was severely out of control. He was hell-bent on converting anyone in a stone's throw to his religion and then the sexual harassment started. The entire office was spinning. Managment and HR refused to handle him. I started to fall apart. Two years at this site. One woman quit because he would not stop touching and caressing her, and two female students' complaints were totally ignored (teenagers). They left the school. Then he started in on me. The invitations to his home and time on the weekend would not stop.
I put in for a transfer. I suppose it was a little better. But, at this site, another male co-worker, while not necessarily as bad, was just angry, aggressive and nasty, and would antagonize people, including myself. He would fight openly with students. He had terrible reviews from students and another female co worker and I were afraid of him. He just. Would. Not. Leave. Me. Alone. I would try to eat lunch in my classroom and he would force his way into the room. Just barge in. And the fights in meetings were epic. My god. And he would turn on me in meetings. Toward the end of this a psych facility moved in next door to my class office (I was in an office facility) and screaming ensued and the students and I were just beside ourselves. We could not get through a class without profanities coming through the wall, bloodcurdling screams, and then people trying to break into my side door. Again nothing was done. I was laughed off, brushed off. I could not get anything done. So I changed my mind and said that I was not going to be signing another contract.
Ok, well now I don't have a job. Obviously I need to get another. I decided in that time frame that I would return to school, which I did. I've been taking online classes since about March. Been at it, but the money is going to run out and I won't be able to get another teaching job and go to school too. I've committed to school. I will just need to do a work a day job so that I can attend school at night and get out of this awful situation that I chose. But it's gonna be tough, when people look at my resume they think "overqualified" and they just ignore it. I want to work at an office fulltime in the day, cover myself, my benefits, get away from the insanity of this classroom garbage, not to mention the 45 min commute I was doing and just be here in town. I'm scared no lie, but to tell the truth, I was terrified to go to work.