Teaching as a career?

Have you ever considered a career in teaching? You might think perhaps that you might want to influence the lives of the future generation, be an inspiration to the impressionable youths in their teens. You might have specialist skill and knowledge in an area. You may also have industry experience and can demonstrate the relevance of knowledge to a student who may be wondering how all this knowledge they are picking up in schools are of any use. Most students have a very narrow view of knowledge, they think that they only need job-specific skills and hence do not devote time to learning general skills. For example, those who are intending to pursue engineering do not see the importance of learning other skills such as music, even though music has been proven to teach skills such as creativity, problem solving, focus and perseverance, which would actually be useful for an engineering career! Being a teacher would be a useful career for steering youths in the correct direction.
But according to research done by the BBC, the popularity of teaching as a profession very much depends on where one chooses to be a teacher in. Countries such as those in the Far East are reputed to be the best. China, for example, leads the world in terms of the standing of the profession. Now you may question this: How does being a teacher in one of the countries in the world where personal liberties are controlled, rank as being one of the best teaching jobs in the world? If there is any doubt in your mind about this, then you must understand that this general statement was made not about the country, but the way teachers and other educators are perceived in the country. Teachers in China are respected and students realise that education is a way out to jobs in the cities, away from a future of agricultural farming and a life of making cheap sweatshirts in poor working conditions. Teachers are respected because they provide the possibility of a future away from labour professions.

It may be useful to combine teaching as part of a career. For example, the composer Arnold Schoenberg not only wrote his own music, but taught along side it. According the Finsbury Park Piano Teacher website, Claude Debussy was also of a similar vein. But teaching does not necessarily have to be your main activity. If you have a career in acting or writing film music, then you can fit in ad hoc teaching in between. Teaching is not a 9-5 activity, there are ways around it to fit flexibly.

Considering teaching now? Check out the various grades and routes into it. It might be a career you enjoy!