Getting a Job in Teaching
Sep 2, 2009 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) 5050 Views
Characteristics that a teacher should have are patience, concern for others, love of children, persistence, listening skills, motivational, and a sense of humor. There are pros and cons in teaching. Certain pros are weekends off, summers off, and holidays off. Cons of teaching are loads of homework to grade, complex lesson plans to turn in, meeting with parents, and dealing with sick kids. Teachers are required to have a four year bachelor's degree.
In most school districts it is also required to have a professional teacher's certification. You can acquire certification from most community colleges. In some school districts it is required that a teacher must take classes to either renew or keep their certification current. Class hour requirements ranges from two to fifteen credit hours depending on the school district. If you wish to teach college, you must have at least a master's degree. Teaching college has a few more perks than teaching grades K-12. For instance, college professors can make their own schedule. Professors choose what time and day they wish to teach a class.
College professors are privileged to onsite facilities at a discount or for free. Other perks of being a college professor are discounts at the bookstore, free or discount admission into sports games, and the pleasure to see the students graduate. After you get the required education to teach in the fields you wish, you have to find a job to utilize your education.
Start your job search on the local state's website. If you can't find any open positions on the state's website, try looking on the local school districts' and counties' websites. Fill out the applications and be sure you follow the directions.There are also many online Recruitment Jobsites that specialise in teaching positions worldwide.
Now, if you are looking for a position in a college setting, look for jobs on the college's website under their human resources or faculty and staff pages. If you get called for an interview, make sure you are prepared. During today's economic crunch, competition for jobs is more fierce than ever. Do some research on interviewing for teachers positions. Also, research and memorize facts about the college or grade school you are being interviewed by. This will help you stand out against your competitors.
Ask questions on the interview based on the research you conducted. This will show your potential employer that you have knowledge about the facility. Just remember, that sometimes being a teacher means working over time at grading papers, giving extra help, and volunteering at school events. Yet, the feeling of satisfaction comes with being a teacher. For example, the joy you feel when one of your students gets an "A" on a test or graduates with a degree. Being a teacher is a wonderful and fulfilling way to help others and experience gratification.