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Should I become a chemistry teacher? Advice from any teachers would be much appreciated! thankyou!

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by catymars, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. catymars

    catymars New commenter

    I would appreciate it so much if anyone would be willing to give short answers / ratings to the following questions, I am studying a degree in chemistry and have always thought that I would be interested in a career in teaching. I am writing research report to explore this idea more fully, and any answers / ratings given would be anonymised. Thankyou for your time!

    Please could you answer any of the questions below with a rating 1-10 and/or a short written answer:

    • Do you find your career in teaching fulfilling? (where 10 is very much and 1 is not at all)

    • Do you find your career demanding?

    • Would you recommend your career to a graduate?

    • If you could choose your career again, would you change it? (if so what to)
  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    There are many online survey generators, this may be a better way of getting responses.
    1 person likes this.
  3. catymars

    catymars New commenter

    thankyou for the idea!
  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I don't see why asking other people will help you make a decision. It's far more about you and what you enjoy in a job than it is about what other people think.
    NaturallyGreezy and pepper5 like this.
  5. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

  6. dleaf12

    dleaf12 Lead commenter

    Survey responses: 2 - the bit with (some of) the kids is OK
    10 - Zero personal time during term time and increasingly during so-called "holidays"
    1 - as a graduate there should be a million other things you can do.
    1 - Traffic Warden ( or anything else at all)
    Seriously. RUN AWAY don't do it.
    Moony likes this.
  7. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

  8. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Yes, I find teaching very fulfilling but also, at times, very demanding.

    Yes I would recommend, but only if your eyes are open to the challenge and you're prepared for some hard work along the way.:)
  9. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    I am an ex chemistry teacher. I was in a team of 4, I am the only survivor. One has been an official missing person for some years, one committed suicide, one was sectioned.
  10. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Sounds like the line-up of a great band...
  11. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    I'm retired after 28 years teaching Chemistry (and Physics). I had a career in industry before teaching - both in the UK then very lucratively in the Middle East. This is something I think you should consider doing before going in to teaching. It allowed me to buy a house for cash and have money left over to invest and live well. Teaching has been a good career, and unlike most teachers pretty much stress free. Reason for this is that I worked in Independent schools.

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