1. Leslie

    Hang in there! All jobs and careers are tough. They don’t call it work for nothing. They have to pay you to do it cause you wouldnt do it otherwise. I’ll bet the biggest issue facing you is the fear of not doing your job well. Relax and try to give yourself permission to not know everything. I would recommend you find some friends and mentors at work so you don’t feel so alone.
    I’m rooting for you, and have a feeling it’s going to turn out to be a good year. 🙂

  2. Emily

    I feel the same way! i just started my first teaching job and definitely am wondering what I was thinking (esp. since I avoided this career for 4 years). And I don’t even get to relax when I get home b/c I need to do hours of grading and planning. I hope this feeling goes away for both of us and we can settle into our new routines.

  3. Laura, I have completely been in that place. Realize that even if this is only a temporary place for you, that this time is not wasted. You are connecting with people through your blog who are experiencing similar things, and you are gaining new skills to take with you to your next step – whether that step is part of your current path or an entirely new one. I think you should be commended for being honest about your search for a fulfilling career – very few of us ever are.

  4. i totally hear ya on doubting the career. that’s why i love your site so much – i relate to all of your career “stuff”! i have really tried to stay positive this school year thus far, but i still struggle. i am; however, looking at options – just trying to find a schedule that suits me better! good luck with your new job. stay strong!

  5. Carly

    I just started my job and feel like I have no idea what I’m doing! Along with being the school psychologist, I’m the team chair. Yikes! Hope I learn fast!

    • Laura

      Oh man, I’m just so glad we have facilitators to do the team chair stuff. Congrats on your new job though – where did you end up? Good luck:)

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