After 16 years, I left my specialized career in public ed (pre-k through 12), it was too much paperwork (before, during, and after hours, weekends, etc.), and a lot of unnecessary stress, and a lot of unwholesome phenomena within the bureaucracy (on-site, local, state, and federal levels). I am now in a simple housing situation and raising my kids, attempting basic jobs, only to find it very difficult to compete in the labor market for a livable wage. My plan had been to work in a less stressful occupation, just enough to pay bills, and then have quiet time scheduled for developing my meditation practice, and having some quality time for children. Re-thinking my plan...
I am now teaching part-time at a community college and loving it. The problem is that I can only find part-time adjunct positions there. I would like to pursue a doctoral program, so I can do research and teach on a university level. Seems like a good way to find a wholesome livelihood, and a salaried job will be good for my children.
If anyone has feedback on full-time residency, getting fellowships/assistantships, etc., making it possible for me to support my children and study at the same time, please let me know
I am exploring topics of interest, such as religion or psychology, but I am assuming that if I am to find a fellowship, it will be in an area of greater need, such as in my specialty within education (which interests me, but not as much as something connected more directly to studying Buddhism, etc.).
Anyone with advice may post it here or email me privately.