It’s the first day of school on Monday so I have to motivate myself! Hehe. Just kidding. But honestly, being a teacher is something I’ve never dreamed of. I was a lazy student so who would have thought? I was planning to take up Mass Communication in college but because of some twist of fate, I ended up taking Education and I finished it. Oh well, now I never regret it and here are some of the reasons why.
1. Reasonable Working Hours and Vacation. When I worked as a call center agent, I talk on the phone for 8 hours, but when you’re a teacher you will only have about 4 to 5 classes a day. That means, you have vacant hours to prepare your lessons or relax and rest your voice before the next class. If there are no students, there are no classes. I have my weekends off and get to spend the holidays with my family and friends and join activities in church during my summer vacation. 🙂
2. Not a Routine Job. Yep, I meet my students everyday, teach lessons, check papers, calculate grades and all that but every year, there are different activities, new students and I can present the same lesson in a different way.
3. Career Security. There will always be students so there will always be clients. Besides that, there are also a lot of financial benefits like health insurances and pension plans.
4. Learning Never Stops. You cannot give what you don’t have so teaching requires you to read more and study the lesson until you master the topic. I learn from my students, too (not only academically, but also the latest trends). 🙂
5. Use of Other Hobbies and Talents. Sometimes, I take my favorite TV shows, songs or movies as examples if they are related to my lesson. I can also use my talent in music if it is applicable. In school programs and activities, the talents of teachers are really maximized.
6. Power to Influence. I have the chance to influence at least 40 people in an hour and of course, I’ll take advantage of that in a positive way. 🙂
7. Respect and Admiration. When people find out you’re a teacher, somehow, they respect you. You also know that you can be a source of inspiration to your students. I hope to never waste this opportunity.
8. Fulfillment. Nothing beats the reward of seeing your students be successful. I’ve only been teaching for five years but it makes me proud to see my old students become better students, enter college, graduate and start a profession. The more rewarding when they remember you. 🙂
If you are a teacher, what other perks can you add on the list?
Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing