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Would it be possible for someone to have two careers at once and not have it be too stressful?

I'm a junior in highschool and I'm interested in being a teacher and author, but I would like to know from any professionals if that would be too stressful. Thanks!

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Sal’s Answer

I think this depends on the two careers. In this case a teacher has free time after school from the afternoon until bed time so you can ABSOLUTELY do both of these careers at once. I think it would be fantastic to be both a writer and a teacher. You could do so much good in the world. Goodluck!
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Francisco’s Answer

Hi Kalysta,

What a wonderful question. I love your drive and ambition to follow on both your passions. Doing two careers is completely possible and it is completely up to you how you approach it. As someone who has worked and attended grad school, and just now is experimenting with being a professional and a content creator, I can tell you that the key is time management and setting clear goals and expectations. As long as you remain organized and set doable goals for yourself, you can allow yourself the time to deliver in both your careers without burning yourself up.

Remember you don't have to do everything every day. You can set time for writing after work, and plan around your teaching schedule, like maybe taking a break from writing during exam seasons to live time for grading, but then doing full throttle during summer vacation since you'll have way more time to write. I think also your both career paths are extremely compatible so you have all the potential to be successful.

Hope this helps answer your question. Best of luck!
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Brandon’s Answer

It is highly possible to have two careers at once, but stress is something that can be very strange and highly dependent on the individual. It is possible to make a living in both careers, but it would require creating a good work-life balance as well. You cannot always be working; you would need to take the time in order to do other activities that you enjoy. As Ryan mentions in his post, it can also depend on the level that you are trying to teach as well. Not only that, but it would also depend on the school district and the people you are going to be teaching (such as K-8, high schoolers, college students, etc). Each has a level of expertise and challenge that will need to be dealt with in order to properly do the job. It can become very time-consuming, to the point where you may no longer have the energy in order to work on your writing. However, as long as you have everything under control, it should work out for the best.
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Ryan’s Answer

You sound like a highly movtivated person; it appears you enjoy writing and have already had success with it. Your interest in teaching could compliment your writing by providing an avenue for your ideas and reflections inspired by your experiences preparing for and actually teaching; obviously depending on your writing interest - fiction, non-fiction, or career? Your teaching career and your writing can be very compatible, but without of doubt teaching alone will be very demanding; especially if you are teaching in a core area or at the elementary level. It will take a large chunk of time to deepen your expertise and build relationships with your students, if you are considering the PreK-12 classroom.
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Judith-Ann’s Answer

Kalysta L. Your choices of careers are very admirable. Generally, writers find a career to pay the bills so in thier free time they can write. It is very nice that you are weighing the stress factor. It's good to do that for any career, because any career can be stressful and any career can be fulfilling as it depends on you, your personality, and your goals. So to eliminate stress totally would be unrealistic, but to have a plan to have both careers would eliminate the unnecessary stresses. Here are some things to consider: 1) What are the paths to take for teaching and which one suits you? 2) What are the paths to become an author? You can research college degree programs and biographies of authors you admire. 3) Consider what income you need to meet your needs. Income is a consideration because if you depend on your first novel to be published in order to meet your rent, you will be stressing yourself out. If you have another source of income, then you can relax and teach and/or write on your own time table. 4)When you write, what do you enjoy about it? Do you enjoy reading? Do you enjoy sharing your writing? 5) When you teach, what do you enjoy about it? 6)Study to make the best grades you can because that will give you an advantage in choosing the best school for you and obtaining scholarships. Good luck in your endeavor and most of all, be happy.
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