Many people from an early age desire to go into teaching. Adults even go back to school for a career change to teacher. Many would-be teachers think it is fun and easy. There are a few things you need to think about before making the commitment to become a teacher. Plenty of teachers quit before five years in.
The starting pay may not be that great, compared to where you are now, or what you may think you need out of college. However, teachers are not really low-payed as some have said. Their salary is quite close to other college graduates. What makes it seem like a lower paying job, is the fact that you cannot increase your pay as quick or as much as in other careers. You do have to factor in a great medical and pension benefit, and you get quite a lot of time off. It was common years ago for teachers to take supplemental work during summers. Off-track teachers can always work as substitutes. Become a teacher because you want to, not for the money.
Teaching is more than a full time job. You will welcome the holidays and time off. You will get to school early, you will leave late. You will work and plan at home. You will be grading papers and worrying about the next lesson. Teaching can become a 24 hour a day job if you let it get out of hand. If you are not sure you are up to the exhaustive time commitment, then you may not want to be a teacher.
A successful teaching career requires a thorough commitment on your part. You must be prepared to be responsible for the learning of children. If you slack off, your students will suffer. You cannot fake it. Your students get one chance at learning and you must provide the utmost educational experience at all times. If you are one that likes to call in sick, slack off, or just "get by," you may wish to choose another career. Teaching is not all fun and games.
If you feel you have what it takes, go for it! We can always use GREAT teachers!
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