Educating the minds of tomorrow. It’s a big responsibility – but it’s one of the most rewarding careers out there. From helping a student get to that ‘light bulb’ moment to supporting a student through an issue in their personal life, a teaching career is filled with special and heartwarming moments.
It’s important that we celebrate the tireless work of teachers and educators all around the world – and their commitment to their students’ learning. Here are five reasons you should consider kickstarting your teaching career.
1. Teachers are in demand – in Australia and overseas
Due to Australia’s ageing population, a large chunk of the current education workforce is set to retire in the coming years. Add Australia’s population growth to that, and teachers are in very high demand. And it’s not just primary school and secondary school teachers that are sought after. There’s been an increase in adult education over the past few years, and with that, an increase in demand for adult educators.
Most teaching degrees are easily transferable to overseas locations – and they’re in high demand. There are many options for Australian teachers looking to work abroad. Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia favour employing Australian teachers, and this is also the case for the Middle East. But the highest demand for Australian teachers is from the United Kingdom because of a shortage of local British teachers.
2. Teachers get to be creative – every single day
Imagine flexing your creative muscles every day at work. As a teacher, you will.
No two days will ever be the same and you’ll dream up new and exciting ways to bring your lessons to life. As a teacher, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try new ideas and explore different learning methods with your students. You’ll follow the curriculum – but you’ll get to put your own creative twist on it.
3. Teachers will lead the world into the 21st century
According to a 2016 study, half of all Australians will require skills in digital technology, programming and software development to remain competitive in the workforce in the future. So as a teacher, it’s your responsibility to prepare the new generation for careers in the digital world.
Technology is already sweeping through classrooms around the country, as educators and tech developers create more and more products aimed at enhancing education. You’ll introduce your students to new technologies – like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and education software – and mentor them through their digital education journey.
Teachers not only get to share their existing knowledge with their students, but they also get to explore new topics and continue to add to their bank of knowledge along the way. You might be asked an interesting question by a student that makes you see a topic in a new light. Or perhaps you’ll have a deep discussion with a student that might spark an innovative thought. Throughout your teaching career, you’ll experience these situations plenty of times – and it will help keep you on your toes as a lifelong learner.
Lifelong learning is one of the biggest requirements for the 21st-century worker. Employers love employees who can adjust to the constant changes in technology and culture coming our way.
5. Teachers make a real difference in the world
Ask any teacher and they’ll tell you that one of the best things about their job is the positive impact they can have on their students. It’s no exaggeration – when you’re a teacher, you have the power to transform lives.
By forging strong relationships, teachers are able to affect essentially every aspect of their students’ lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond assignments and exams. When you’re a teacher, you’re a role model. And it’s an amazing thing to know that you’re setting someone on the path to success in their future. One day your students may become Nobel Prize and Fields Medal winners, top business people, leaders, prime ministers and great artists or well-rounded individuals with a love for learning.
And you might even find your students make an impact on you too…
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This article was produced for Career FAQs by Charles Sturt University.
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