• Gift of Teaching

    If someone asks how you chose your current profession, do you find yourself struggling to offer an acceptable answer? Many people find themselves in careers through default rather than by taking deliberate steps to pursue their passion. That helps to explain why, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical American worker is rather migratory—staying at a job for only 3 to 4 years on average.

     Deloitte’s Shift Index survey shows 80 percent of workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. Fortunately, you don’t have to remain stuck in a profession that doesn’t nourish your talents and interests. Finding a career that satisfies you starts with a little soul searching. What are your passions? What moves you? If the answer to that question is found on an accountant’s ledger, there is a career in business that’s probably right for you. If you’re driven to make a difference in other peoples’ lives, few options have as much potential as a career in education.

    Teaching offers opportunities to inspire and motivate children—to whet their appetites for inquiry and spur their curiosity. Thankfully, it’s almost never too late to make the change to a career in teaching. In fact, those who start careers in education later in life often bring valuable experience to the position.

    What motivates people to take on the challenge of a career in education? For most, there’s not just one reason but a mix of several factors. Those who choose to become teachers look forward to the interaction with children, as well as with other educators. They’re driven to help students achieve their full potential, and feel rewarded when they see their students succeed.

    Teaching is a career where a positive attitude and a sense of humor are useful tools, helping to open young hearts and minds to learning. Working with children also allows teachers to break down the walls that often come up between generations. Teachers may find that they learn a lot from their students.

    As with most careers, technology has had a dramatic influence on education. Through the Internet, teachers and students are more connected to the world than ever before. While traditional skills remain indispensable—such as the three Rs, reading, writing, and arithmetic —new skills, such as information technology and online research, are also essential. Technology facilitates the educational process, making it more fun and engaging for both students and teachers.

    Following this link  will take you to a post where a teacher—someone in the trenches of education—shares her experience as an educator and mentor. With a touch of humor, the writer shows that the opportunity to teach is one of the greatest possible gifts. Consider that, in the course of a life’s career, you may spend more than 100,000 hours working. It makes sense to pursue a profession you love, like this blogger did.


    For comprehensive consumer information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu/student-consumer-information.aspx. Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. The blog post linked to here is sponsored by Kaplan University.

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