Just thought you might be interested in a career change but the other way round
I studied music in a combined degree whilst at uni started to collect a core base of pupils. After i graduated, private teaching was the way forward and I spent 10 years pursuing a generally rewarding career. However, i always felt I wanted a "real" 9-5 as opposed to 4-8 job. So, i took another degree in Radiotherapy and Oncology - it was the worst time of my life, being at the hospital every day, teaching in the evenings and studying at night and weekends. I knew from the beginning the 9-5 was not me and in some ways i Should have stopped, but i didn't want to give up. In the end I received a First
and spent a year working full-time in Radiotherapy.
Throughout the 3 years studying and 1 year working I came to realise that despite all the drawbacks, no pension, no holiday pay, no sick leave, teaching piano in your own home is the most fantastic job in the world. You are in absolute control of your life and can control your income. In addition, there are all the little bonuses, like being asked to play for a pupils brother or sister in a flute/violin exam, teaching theory, or Aurals.
I had to give up teaching last year as my partner and I decided to spend a couple of years living in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain - something I could never have considered if I were working in the NHS. But, I get to play the piano all the time and will return one day, hopefully with a nice FRSM certificate to put on the wall in my teaching studio
Finally, if teaching becomes slow or during the summer I will always have the option of doing some Locum work for the odd week here and there.
I think, writing this, that when we have finished out here, i will actually be looking forward to coming back and restarting my teaching practice