What would you be if your weren't a teacher?

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  1. MissKatie

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    Hey, everyone.:)

    For those of you who don't know me, I'm a Junior in high school and a teacher-in-training. I'm currently enrolled in a teacher preparation course designed to give me college credit toward and education degree.

    I've been thinking about careers, and occupational therapy also looks like a good option. I'm considering pursuing that instead (especially since I'll still be teaching in that career, right?)

    Anyway, that leads me to ask y'all a few questions:

    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?

    Thank you all! I look forward to picking everybody's brain!
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?
    Absolutely.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    Nope. This is year #25 for me. I'm a teacher. There's no other career I can imagine loving as much as teaching.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    Well, it's not right for everyone-- and we don't know you. So only you can really answer that. But my kids have 2 parents who are teachers. If any of them chose to become a teacher, we wouldn't be unhappy with that choice.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher? Absolutely!

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    I was in another career for decade before going back to school and finishing my certification that I stopped in college. I was in banking and finance. It was fun at times but it wasn't as personally fulfilling as my current career is.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? I would never steer a dedicated teacher in training away from his or her goal. This career is equal parts profession and passion. However, if you have doubts or think you're not ready to go into teaching fresh out of college, it's okay to delay entering the field. If you're meant to return to it, there will be students waiting for you.
     
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    What would I be????? --- A Director in charge of exploration for a major oil company.

    As for teaching - I started teaching part time after retiring from the corporate world. I truly enjoy teaching on a limited basis..... but I wouldn't want to go to the same class room with the same kids 5 days a week for an entire year...... but that's just me.

    (BTW, I love and respect teachers....)
     
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    Oh, more than one person has told me that, when I retire, I should work in a travel agency as a Disney World specialist :)
     
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    1) Very happy!

    2) I couldn't imagine doing anything else. This doesn't mean that other people don't, I just couldn't.

    3) If you are dedicated and passionate about coming a teacher, then I wouldn't steer you away!
     
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    I love teaching, and I couldn't imagine doing anything else, but I have recently thought about switching careers. I live in Wisconsin, and the future of education is scary. For example, a few school districts have laid off EVERY teacher and hired them back at base pay. Other districts are talking about laying off everyone who makes $60,000+. That worries me...Will I only have my job until I become too expensive, and then I'll have to find a new career when I'm in my 40's or 50's? That is the reality of what is happening here.

    Also, I am having a very difficult time living on my salary. In October I started working at a 2nd job. Between the two jobs, I work about 70 hours per week. I really envy my boyfriend who started making $58,000 out of college (compared to my $30,000), works one job (about 50 hours/week), and who doesn't bring any work home with him.

    So, I'm torn...I really do love teaching, but the whole politics and salary part are becoming exhausting.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher? There are moments in which I'm still blissfully happy, but they're fairly rare and fleeting. The majority of the time I'm in just "job mode", which isn't where I want to be. And there are times I just can't stand the thought of walking into the classroom. The one thing I feel confident about is that I really have handled my feelings well as far as my job performance is concerned. I still do beyond what I need to in many cases...but maybe all of my additional work and effort is partly to blame for my less enthusiastic attitude. It's not that I'm Super Teacher, but still. If I'm in something, I tend to be in 100%...maybe after a few years of going-going-going, and everything else straining many classroom teachers and schools in general, I'm just simply burned out.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what? I said for years that while there were those few "dream" jobs that would interest me but yet not really be right for me for many reasons, I was made to teach. And I actually still think that. But I think too many things have muddied the profession. Beyond the pretty far out careers such as being an Egyptologist and things of that nature, I would like to own a business (a naturals store, an animal-related store or shelter of some kind, a bookstore, a cafe of sorts, an art store...). That said, I'm not fond of major risks, and opening your own business is quite the risk, especially when there isn't a large population around (although I realize the Internet changes things for some) to support your store. So, really, I just don't know what I feel sometimes. There are not many options here...it seems you either farm, teach, work at a factory, bank, work at the nursing home or at hospital in the next county over. One thing that is certain is that I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about any options I have. Money is a bigger factor to my husband than it is to me, but I respect his desires to maintain a very similar income.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? I think you need to enter the profession with your eyes wide open.
     
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    It depends on the day you ask whether I'm happy that I became a teacher. Some days I am because I like what I do, but those days are becoming more rare.

    If I wasn't a teacher, I'd more than likely be a paralegal..which is what I'm trying to get back into if I can.

    I like JustMe's answer that you need to be prepared for the reality of it.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher? I think all our decisions in life lead to us becoming better people. Choosing to become a teacher has led me down an extremely interesting career path, and I do not regret any of the jobs I've taken. I might have been just as happy or unhappy doing something else, but I don't dwell on that. I'm glad for the good times I've had.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what? I did not go to college to become a teacher-I wanted to design the packaging on children's toys. But... my college didn't offer that degree and I was pretty naive at the time about switching schools and majors. Sometimes I do wonder what it would have been like to go into business or another area, but again, I don't dwell on it. I have a whole life ahead of me to go back to school and get another degree-we are never locked into our professional choices.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? I agree with the others-I could not begin to answer this, even if I knew you. Some people seem like born teachers and struggle. Others would barely pass an interview and do fantastic once with the students. I think you need a thick skin, buckets of passion and good sense to be successful as a teacher. I also think a lot depends on the school you are teaching in-there are some very challenging situations out there that would test the best teachers, and some dream schools that would make your career very smooth.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?
    Honestly, it's not my passion. But, I've been subbing for a very long time & was a special ed teacher for just a year. I'm in the process of switching gears to another field now (more about that below).

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    I've always wanted to have a career working w/ children, just never a teacher. When I was a child, I wanted to be a pediatrician. I've also seriously considered child psychologist & school psychologist. I'm now studying to be a speech-language pathologist, in which I'd still like to work with children, as opposed to adults or the elderly.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into?
    I've heard that your other intrest, OT, is a popular field these days & probably for a long time coming. If OT is what you want, go for it!
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?absolutely . I love this profession. I find it rewarding on so many levels.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    I did before I became a teacher. I was an undergrad business major. I worked in advertising sales.
    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? It depends on the person. You have to answer this for yourself. It's a competitive field...but so are many other fields. Is this a profession for which you have a passion? One that drives you to keep learning and growing as an educator? Are you motivated by the challenges and triumphs that come with this job?

    Thank you all! I look forward to picking everybody's brain!
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?

    Very much so! I really enjoy it. I'm a lifelong learner and it's great to inspire students to be the same.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?

    Nope, I'm very happy with teaching and want to remain in the education field. I finish my master's in special ed at the end of this year and I just finished applying to a doctoral program in school psychology.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?

    Go into the field that you are interested in. Don't go into a field just because you think it will make a lot of money (it usually doesn't) or because you think your job will be safer (it won't).
     
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    I really really really want to become a teacher and will dedicate 2-3 of searching- I won't give up if I don't get a FT job the first year or two. If it doesn't work out then I will have to get a second bachelors and pursue another career- a plan B.
     
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    I really like being in education. It's been a rewarding career. But I would love to open a bridal store/consulting business with my sisters. I would also like to own a restaurant. Pretty random but I would love to buy a Chipotle.
     
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    1. Absolutely.
    2. I knew how bad the market was for teaching jobs going in, and I literally tried to think of something else I could major it but I couldn't think of a single thing that I really wanted to do as much as teach.
    3. I agree with the "eyes wide open" comments. You need to know that there are literally thousands of people applying for a single job, and there are more and more layoffs every year. Even if you are lucky enough to find a job right after school, your chances of being let go after your first year are incredibly high. Obviously we still need good teachers, and I wouldn't discourage you from doing it if it is truly your one passion. However, if you have another interest as well, it might be best to go with the other interest.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?

    This is my 21st year and no, not anymore. If I could have gotten into a decent district, with a decent community, with colleagues and management that are competent and maintain a level of professionalism, it would be a different story. But doing hand-to-hand combat everyday is NOT what I signed on to do 21 years ago. :dizzy:

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?

    Based upon what I know now and the direction the profession is heading, yes. I always had an interest in journalism or research. Not necessarily newspaper journalism (which is dying at a faster rate than education), but perhaps in some facet of broadcast journalism.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    If you are aware of the realities of the field and not just what your professors push on you, and if you still have that passion, by all means, pursue education. Other than that, carefully research what the job trends (demands) are going to like when you get out of college - NOT what they are now - and make your choice accordingly.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher? I haven't had my first official, contractual teaching job yet so I can't fully answer that question. As a graduating senior, I have doubts but I think that most do in this job market right now.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what? No. I have other interests- most do- but I won't pursue them until I've tried my hardest to give my first passion- teaching- a try. The other careers that I would consider in the future would be accounting or zoo keeping- total opposites! :spitwater:

    3.) Would you suggest that others go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? No. I think some try to suggest that others get into another profession for various reasons but I think you should follow your passion first.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?
    I loved it for 35 years now I am retired and working as a grandpa
    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    A pro Sports official (ref, ump, etc.)

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    It depends on the person.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?
    Happy is an understatement. I cannot imagine a better
    job.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    I tell many people I would have quit at twenty years to try and
    be a nurse. Just for the $$ and better retirement.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    If you love kids, are confident and secure in who you are and
    like to help others by all means go for it. But marry someone that makes decent money. :dizzy:
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?
    My first passion was psychology. I earned a bachelor's in psychology but life took another course for me. I'm very happy that it did. I've had a great experience in this career and it has been full of many perks for me and my family.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?
    Well, psychology obviously but my career allows me to use those talents ten fold. There are so many students and families in need.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    No, I think it is a wonderful profession.
     
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    My answers

    1) Am I happy? yes and no. It depends on the day. I truly love my students, and I am fortunate to teach what I've always wanted to teach, but so many times all the other stuff gets in the way that I forget why I'm there.

    2) I've always wanted to be a teacher, and I've had several careers/jobs already. My dream job would be to run my own theatre company or own an antique book store or be a Broadway director. Have done the theatre company, but didn't have any money to do it the way I wanted, and worked Off-Broadway. But, someday, when I win the lottery.

    3) If you are meant to be a teacher, you'll end up there on way or another. But, you need to realize how much of your time is taken away from actually teaching and be prepared for the worst. Hopefully, you'll get the best.
     
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    1. Are you happy you became a teacher?
    - Yup. I didn't set out to be one, but that's where I ended up. I love it :)

    2. Do you wish you had pursued another career instead?
    - Sometimes, when bureaucracy and politics and mountains of paperwork loom. Most of the time, no; I'm happy as a teacher.

    3. Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    - Well, I don't know you. Teaching is very, very different from what we believe it is. I think it's romanticized a bit by college students. If you choose to be a teacher, go in with your eyes wide open and expect the unexpected :)
     
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    Are you happy you became a teacher? Yes! I have always wanted to be a teacher, so it was my first major goal accomplished. I think I am a great teacher and enjoy making an impact on my students' lives in so many ways.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what? No, but I am considering switching within the field of education. Right now I teach 4th grade and have been in elementary for 4 years...I feel stifled for a number of reasons.

    1. I feel bogged down by mundane book keeping that is merely to hold me accountable for a job where I already surpass the expectation and would whether someone is watching me or not.

    2. I have VERY high expectations for what I think a good elementary teacher should do and it's tiring! :) Basically, I'm burning myself out.

    3. For me, I would like something (don't judge...I'm not conceited :cool:) a bit more intellectually challenging.

    4. I would like to one day maybe teach teachers on the importance of differentiation in the classroom, be a curriculum design specialist, or something related.



    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?
    It depends. If you are organized, creative, don't mind getting the same recognition as those that are doing less than you, nurturing, and motivated by a vocational environment...this may be for you!

    Good luck to you!
     
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    Importance of differentiation....Please.
    I believe that is one of the most over used concepts in schools today. Students need to do a better job of learning the way that something is taught. Its the teachers job to teach, the students job to learn.
     
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    1. Yes and No. It was something I wanted to do, but it has become something I do not want anymore. If I had known in the beginning what it would be at this point, I probably would have avoided it.
    2. Potentially yes, but it worked for me at the time, just means more student loan debt to try and dig out of.
    3. I do not understand why people, especially in todays economy and the way education is going now a days, why anyone would want to go into it. If you enjoy a lot of hard work that you don't get compensated for very well, with a limited creativity in your day to day activities, then by all means, go for it. That is just not something that sounds appealing to me.
     
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    If that's the way your job is, then I can understand your point of view.

    But not all teaching is like that. What you wrote doesn't begin to describe my job.
     
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    Sadly, yes, that is the way my job is now. I have had to stop caring as much just to hold on to my sanity.
     
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    Sorry that you feel this way. I actually think that teaching for me is relying on creativity to the maximum by constantly coming up with ideas and plans on how to improve teaching, classroom management, etc.
     
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    1. I've considered other careers and I wasn't a teacher all the time I there is no other career for me. It's challenging but it's awesome to help students learn and grow.

    2. I've not pursued or considered any other career besides teaching since I became a teacher.

    3. Teaching can be very challenging so I would recommend that you become a teacher only if you really have a passion for it and I would recommend that you go into it being aware of the many challenges you may face so that you get prepared beforehand.
     
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    I also don't see teaching/most any career as about having a passion for what you do. For me it is about paying the bills, building your savings, and being prepared for retirement. That is what a job is.
     
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    Just a thought, but is that perhaps related to the fact that you dislike your current position?
     
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    Well I very quickly looked through your profile and came across a thread you made where you talked about changing careers and becoming a principal.

    If you're unhappy with your career this is why you only look at teaching as something financial. :2cents:
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher? Yes - 99% of the time!There are things about teaching that drive me mad and days where I would rather be somewhere else but overall it is what I love and what I want to be doing.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what? No, I really can't think of anything I would prefer to do - teaching is all I have wanted to do since I was about 12.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why? I wouldn't discourage anyone from teaching but I would suggest talking to lots of current teachers and finding out exactly what is involved - I do many things I would never have thought of as being part of a teachers job! Then, if it what you really want to do, go for it! :)
     
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    That is what jobs are, a financial means. The goal is to work just enough to pay bills and save some money, regardless of what job I have. Yes, I am working to get out of education, and into a career that will pay me more money in an environment that will be less stressful on a day to day basis. I will be able to save more money, feel less pressure about day to day bills, and retire sooner. That is what is important.
    Its not just because I am unhappy in my current position, I don't need to get meaning out of my job. I don't look for that. I get meaning from the other things in my life that I don't do for money.
     
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    1.) Are you happy you became a teacher?

    Yes, 100%. I couldn't imagine being in any other career. I enjoy getting up every single day and coming to work.

    2.) Do you wish you had pursued another career instead? If so, what?

    Nope. I initially pursued another career (Physical Therapy) due to my parent's urging not to be a teacher. Luckily, I made the decision before it was too late (2 months before PT school was going to start). I wouldn't pursue anything else at this point.

    3.) Would you suggest that others (esp. me) go into another profession besides teaching? If so, why?

    If it is what you want to do, then go for it. I was encouraged not to become a teacher simply due to the low pay. That has yet to be an issue for me. My fiance is also a teacher. We are getting married in June and already have a budget prepared for married life and will have plenty to live on and more than enough to save. Teaching is a great profession. For anyone who genuinely wants to shape young adults and contribute to the betterment of society there's no better career.
     
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    #1- Absolutely! I love teaching!

    #2-I'm terribly sorry I gave up being an A-list actress... No, I love teaching and can't imagine really donig anything else. It definitely has to be your niche though. There are teachers at my school who are my age (mid 20's) and they need to change their career now..... like RIGHT NOW!

    #3- If I was to do something else, I would be a 4-H agent (extension agent). It's my retirement plan :)
     

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