I would like to write to you about one of the most ‘powerful’ career in the world. I’m not talking about the kind of power or authority that comes with a fancy designation or with a high salary, but the power to impact future generations. I’m sure you have guessed that the career I am talking about is that of an educationist, or a teacher to be more specific. A good teacher can have a very positive impact on the student he/she teaches or interacts with. A bad teacher, on the other hand, can have a very detrimental impact on a student’s development.
Our country is witnessing a fair amount of reforms and streamlining in the education sector, however we are still far from what we should or could be. We need lots of intelligent, hard- working and sensitive people to join the education sector to change how we think about education. Teaching is probably one of the most fulfilling professions on earth. It provides you the opportunity to forge deeply rewarding relationships with your students. Contrary to what many people think, teaching requires hard-work, perseverance, resilience as well as intelligence and open-mindedness. Not everyone has what it takes to be a teacher. Along with Indian curriculums like CBSE (which is undergoing reforms), we have excellent international curriculums like the International Baccalaureate being offered in many top Indian schools. I recently interacted with over 200 teachers who teach this curriculum and most of them said that teaching the IB curriculum has enriched their personal lives and has nourished them both at an intellectual as well as emotional level. Not only would being an IB teacher be a very fulfilling job, data shows that the IB curriculum is expanding in almost every country, so even the employability factor is high. If you have not already considered being an IB teacher, visit their website (www.ibo.org) and decide for yourself.
There are many advantages of being a teacher. A career in teaching is more conducive to maintaining a work-life balance as compared to a corporate job. It is more creative and interesting- you will constantly learn new things and if you join one of the more progressive private schools, you will have access to great infrastructure as well as the best technology. Your work will be exciting. Each day will bring a new challenge and a new learning!
However, there are downsides as well, which you should consider before making up your mind. A teacher’s job is difficult, especially for the first 1-5 years. Students can be difficult to handle and you have to really give yourself completely to your work. You have to be a fast learner and you have to be great at multitasking, communicating and most importantly you have to be very patient, emotionally mature and forgiving. You have to be the kind of person who not only loves children and young adults but also respects them. And you have to flexible and open-minded, very flexible and open-minded. And you have to be ready to constantly learn and expand your thinking and way of working. As I said earlier, not everyone can be a teacher! You have to have what it takes or you have to work hard at acquiring what it takes.