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Why Should Graduating Seniors Choose the Education Profession?
I always like to ask graduating seniors the question “ What are you considering majoring in next year when you go to college?” Very seldom do I ever get the answer, “I want to major in education.” I find that kind of sad, because there are a lot of individuals out there who would be much happier behind a classroom desk rather than a business desk. I think for those of us in the business of education, we need to paint a better picture of why becoming a teacher or administrator is a prestigious and great career choice.
I would like to share with you my top five reasons for selecting education as a career field.
- RESPECTED PROFESSION:
Some of the most influential and finest people that shaped me as a youngster were teachers. They made a difference in my life and who I am today. I wanted to make that same difference for someone else. Whether it was in the classroom teaching an interesting unit, preparing my athletic teams to compete at a top level, or guiding a board through challenging situations, I wanted to be a difference maker. It is one of the best feelings a person can have. I have always followed the philosophy that respect is earned and not demanded.
- MULTI-CAREER PROFESSION:
Educators receive a lot of criticism for the “time off” in the summers. For me, that was a large reason why I chose to be an educator. I watched teachers who stayed involved in agriculture and their family farm and ranch operations because they had time in the summer to go home and help with summer work, just like I have continued to do to the best of my ability. I also saw acquaintances in other fields that never had the opportunity to stay involved in their family business, because their place of work was not flexible.
While the time off is a great period to recharge your brain, it is also a great time to work on another career interest. I know a lot of teachers who have second jobs or small business ventures that they pursue in the summertime and on weekends because they have multiple interests. Between the two careers, they make a nice living and they maintain a happiness and piece of mind that keeps their world together.
- PROFESSION OF ENJOYMENT:
One of the greatest experiences I have ever had was knowing that I made a difference in a kid’s life. While it is not always easy and free of mistakes, working with students of all ages is very rewarding. Being that mentor, person of influence, confidant, or leader of youth is very satisfying. For me, my time teaching and coaching kids, will be a period in my life I will never forget. It wasn’t always done perfectly, but the life lessons I hope I taught them and the life lessons I know they taught me, will forever bring me great enjoyment and satisfaction. As I have grown older, I have also enjoyed having the opportunity to lead other professionals, districts, and communities from within the school district. I don’t believe enough people enjoy their career choice. I enjoy mine!
- PROFESSION OF LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
I respect and value leadership opportunities, I always have. I believe people need to take advantage of leadership opportunities and build character. Education is full of opportunities to lead people. Whether a person chairs or is involved in an academic committee, sponsoring a class or organization, coaching a team, taking Master’s classes, etc. education is a great career to develop leadership skills. The leadership skills I have learned being an educator will greatly benefit me down the road if I should choose to get into politics, start a business, or go to work for a different entity.
- FAMILY ORIENTED PROFESSION:
Since I have become a dad, I really appreciate and value the family time and family opportunities that being an educator provides me. Being in the same general area as my kids on a daily basis, involved in their curricular and extracurricular activities, seeing my kid’s friends and their families on a regular basis, and a unique situation for married educators, like having my spouse on the same schedule and in the same general proximity makes it easier for us to stay close as a family. Many of my friends in other professions express to me how lucky I am to be able to quickly attend and not have to miss family events at the school, because work requires them to be gone.
I am concerned about the lack of respect and desire young people have for the career choice of education. My hope is that people will consider these points as well as others and encourage their kids to consider a career in education when they go to the next level after high school.
I have watched far to many people choose a career path based on monetary wealth and not on interest, happiness, or satisfaction. In my mind, if graduating students look at some of the professional perks in education, they will find it to be a very rewarding and enjoyable profession.
I appreciate your comments and feedback. Don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
Roll on Tigers