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Would you advise people to go into teaching?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by welshwizard, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    There was a good quote from Greg Davies in yesterday's Metro -in answer to this question

    "Its a wonderful job if you want to be a teacher. You have to feel the calling. If you do, it's the best job in the world, but if you are hoping to do something else, it's not for you. I went into teaching wanting to be a comedian. I thought I'd teach for a year and I blinked and 13 years had gone by."

    He has also commented in the past how much he had developed his communication skills through teaching and how much he enjoyed being with the kids in the classroom.

    Increasingly people need to come into the profession with a clear perspective about the job and the workload.
    Teaching can be never ending unless you make it so! There is always preparation and marking to do but more importantly is the need to balance your work and personal life.
    Without that- then you burn out.
    PGCE_tutor likes this.
  2. theluckycat

    theluckycat Occasional commenter

    I went into teaching because I ‘felt the calling,’ i.e. wanted to make a difference. The issue is that as someone else said recently, I found teaching very much ‘suck it and see.’ You don’t really know if teaching is for you until you are doing it all, the Sunday planning, the observations, the behaviour management, the SEN. You might enjoy a bit of cover teaching, or might work as a TA for a year, but that doesn’t give the full picture.
    pepper5 likes this.
  3. elder_cat

    elder_cat Lead commenter

    The phrase 'You have to feel the calling' sums it up for me. People don't enter the priesthood as a means of achieving professional status, but because they feel 'called' towards a vocation. There may be aspects of it they are uncomfortable with, but they accept them as part of the package, however unpleasant or onerous they may be.

    In some respects, and for a number of reasons, I was the 'student from hell'. I hated school, and it hated me. After many years of experiential learning, I formed a different view of education and its value. I wanted to help as many young people as I could avoid making the same mistakes I made, and therefore have at least a fighting chance of having a better life.

    But with the benefit of hindsight and reflection,it wasn't a calling. It was more of an overwhelming desire to feel I had managed to do something useful with my life, and made a positive contribution, through a combination of seeking absolution and achievement by proxy. Both of those, however well intentioned, may rank among the worst possible reasons for entering teaching.

    I also know that many of the colleagues I worked with, only stay because they have painted themselves into a corner financially.

    If the only people allowed to enter teaching are those who feel they have been 'called to it', then simple maths dictates we won't have anything like the numbers we need.
    pepper5 likes this.
  4. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Established commenter Community helper

    I thought teaching secondary PE would be perfect for me as I loved sport ... however it wasn't what I expected and thought it was 'teaching' generally that didn't fit. However, a few years later I realised I was more suited to teaching primary aged children and was lucky enough to be given a chance to do so.
    I always suggest people who are interested in teacher training get some experience with all age groups to make sure they find the perfect fit for them.
  5. ILoveTeaching

    ILoveTeaching New commenter

    I like the job and would generally recommend it to other people.

    But, I would always qualify that with a few extra bits of info...

    -The training and NQT years are both very hard work, but after that the job becomes relatively much easier.

    -No matter how tempting the money might be, don't rush into a TLR that will ruin your already fragile work life balance.

    -If your head teacher, SLT or Head of department are bullies and tell you that you are rubbish all the time, then quickly move to another school. Don't make the mistake of thinking that all schools are the same. There are good ones out there, find one and stay there!

    -If you are prepared to work hard and put in the hours, and are lucky enough to find a good school, it is a very rewarding job.

    blueskydreaming likes this.
  6. minitoot

    minitoot New commenter

    I am struggling to know whether to stick with my training course. One huge problem is that I'm a career changer... from a career that was / is my vocation. I agree that there is no room for anything else with teaching. I think I am probably just not , deep down, truly prepared to give up my vocation in order to teach.
  7. ILoveTeaching

    ILoveTeaching New commenter

    If you are not 100% at the start...I can't imgine things improving. Life is too short to do a job you don't really like. If you have other options then possibly do that?
  8. Thecritic

    Thecritic New commenter

    I went into teaching and I've only been qualified since August, but I enjoy it. However I only teach what I feel comfortable with. I had several years of experience in support roles before making the move into a teaching role and I worked in Secondary, SEN and FE and I knew that FE was what I wanted to do.

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