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Why Consider a Career in Education?

By Brenda on January 19th, 2012
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It can be a challenging task when determining which career to pursue while embarking on your education, but careful planning is needed to select the path to follow.  For those who are contemplating a career in education, there are a number of things to consider.

The first place to start is by taking a self-assessment that highlights your talents, interests and skills.  Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have a love for learning that you don’t believe will ever grow old?

Do you prefer working with children, teens or adults?

Do you receive great satisfaction when helping others achieve a goal?

Do you enjoy the satisfaction you gain by overcoming obstacles and life-changing opportunities?

Do you have a burning desire to change the world?

These questions offer insight into who you are as a person and if you are best-suited for a long-term career in education.  While there is not fool-proof strategy to determine if you should or should not be a teacher or instructor, the answers to these questions will shed some light on problem areas or bring about the reasons why you MUST enter the workforce as an educator.

The next step requires hands-on learning in order to see if education is the right field for you.  Most college counselors and career specialists recommend visiting a classroom and observing the day-to-day tasks that are normally carried out by a teacher.  This is especially helpful in elementary education and determining which grade you want to pursue teaching in.  The worst thing you can do is show up for work one day after completing your education only to find out you really don’t like children!

Next, it is important to examine the earning expectations of a career in education.  For the administration jobs, earnings are higher than those in the teaching field.  The national average of teachers for 2010, according to the National Education Association, was $51,000 annually.  This number has increased since 2006 but remains steady currently.  With economic cutbacks and tightened budgets, many schools are eliminating jobs and putting a freeze on their hiring.  As a result, many of the current teachers are over-worked in classrooms that are at full or above-full capacity.

Overall, teachers expect to earn a less than favorable rate of pay with the common knowledge that some expenses may be purchased out of pocket.  The offset to the poor pay is that teachers do have a couple of months off during the summer months.  The ill-prepared teachers may find themselves working all summer long to catch up on next-year planning, but those who are prepared and eliminate procrastination can enjoy a long summer of freedom.  Other perks include a shortened work-day, all holidays off and comfortable work environment.

Teacher benefits may vary from district to district or state to state, but for the most part include health insurance, sick leave, a state retirement system and life insurance.  Some schools offer investment options and emergency or paid personal leave.  The job outlook is fair, but once you have gained two years or more of experience, you become highly employable.

 

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