I say an emphatic YES. I have no regrets about choosing a profession I love and have loved since 1980.
When I hear people tell young people to not go into teaching it saddens me, because I think we need great teachers who love what they do. Of course there are things that are not so great that teachers have to do and yes parts of what teachers do are extremely difficult. There is no doubt about that, but it is still a wonderful profession that has many, many rewards.
The students are why we do what we do. We want to be part of their learning. We want to make a difference in their lives. We want to impact how they live their lives and contribute to society. So if anyone asks me if they should become a teacher I will say YES, YES, YES. I will tell them they have an amazing opportunity to be around and impact youth. No doubt there will be frustrations and work you don’t like to do, but the positives will so outweigh the negatives.
There are so many great things about being an educator:
- Working with students is number one
- Working with people who love what they do is number two
- Having choices to do a variety of jobs within a district…teaching at different levels, consulting, administration, counselling etc.
- Having the freedom to be creative every day
- Learning, learning, learning. If you are a teacher you are always learning
- So many, many more reasons
This is an exciting time in education. There will be many changes over the next few years and teachers will have the opportunity to work with youth differently while still impacting their lives in a positive way. I encourage you to find your passion and if it happens to be teaching both YOU and the students will benefit! So I say go ahead CHOOSE TEACHING.
Since 1991 I have been a School Counsellor and I believe teaching and School Counselling have been the best careers in the world. Everyday,I am grateful!
All you educators out there tell me why you would tell young people to go into teaching. Please share your ideas.