A career in teaching is perhaps the most rewarding career a person can have.
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
To choose teaching as a career is indeed a noble task. If you are the kind of person who finds himself/herself always teaching your classmates before exams or if you have ever volunteered in teaching and love it, you should consider a career in teaching.
So, let us assume that after a lot of careful thought you are sure about your career choice.
Deciding your subject and level
The first thing you should decide is what subject and which level you would like to teach. This can easily be determined by choosing the subject that you think you are good at the most. Whether you want teach primary, middle & high school or at the college/university level depends on you. The world is your playground!
Suppose you want to teach at the primary level, you need to have a Diploma in Education (D. Ted.) A Class XII pass student can enter a D.Ted. program. If you are looking to teach secondary school you will need a Bachelor’s in Education (B. Ed.). The eligibility to enter B.Ed. is a graduation in Bachelor of Arts or Sciences (B.A. or B.S.). If you are seeking to teach a specialized subject or trying to get a promotion, then a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) is the right choice for you. To apply for M.Ed. however, you must complete B.Ed. first.
Now that you know how to become a teacher, choose your subject and level at which you want to teach, let us discuss some of the pros and cons.
- A career in teaching is fulfilling, meaningful and helps eradicate a big problem – illiteracy.
- Your schedule is pretty flexible as you may only have to take one or two classes a day.
- Summer holidays, winter holidays, Diwali holidays…basically you get more vacation days than any job out there.
- Making an impact in people’s life and impart knowledge.
- You get to fill your free time with other things you love.
- It is a steady career with not many ups and downs so you will always have financial security.
- You will be held accountable for your classes and students.
- Before you break for each holiday, you will have to spend some time grading papers.
- There might be some administrative work involved along with teaching.
- The salary might not always be high.
“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
― Phil Collins
There you go. Now you know everything that there is to know about how to have a career in teaching. From choosing your subject to if you are sure about your career choice, this post will guide you in making the right decision.