Another year, another blog post. Or least that is the impression that I would be giving to anyone who has the fortunate pleasure of stumbling upon my blog. The focal point of this particular blog post? Five reasons as to why I want to become a teacher.
I am secretly banking on the fact that this sort of question will be asked as part of some coursework during the start of my PGCE, at least this is the general consensus that I have gathered after looking through various other student teaching blogs. If this is not the case, then writing a blog post seems like a surefire way to pass the time whilst waiting for Windows Update to finish doing whatever it has been doing for the past hour and a half on my laptop.
Those of you who know me will know that I have decide to venture forth into the underpaid, unappreciated and coffee fueled world of teaching. My reasons for embarking on this route are presented in a nicely formatted list below. That’s right, a list. Not a ridiculous slideshow orientated abomination of a webpage, whereby you have to load a new page just to view the next point. Yes, I am looking at you BuzzFeed. So, without further ado:
1. Better than Software Development – If you told me in 2011 that I would be graduating with a Masters degree from the University of Hull in Computer Software Development, but would then go on to pursue a career in teaching I’d have probably asked you two questions. Firstly, what on Earth is a “Hull”?! And secondly, why? It is pretty apparent to both myself and everyone around me that I am an insanely gifted programmer. I know how to program, over the course of my Masters degree, it has just become something that I get. But for me, just understanding something is not enough. In all honestly, a career in teaching is extremely underpaid in comparison to a software developer, is more time-consuming, stressful and during the initial stages I will probably struggle with it more than if I pursued a career as a software developer. But that’s okay. Despite being superior to teaching in almost all regards, I cannot envision myself sitting in front of a computer coding all day. The skill set which I possess make me a lot more dynamic than the average Computer Scientist. Plus, teaching seems way more fun!
2. Bursaries, take advantage of all the free money! – As Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan once said, “Cash Rules Everything Around Me“. For a limited time, the government is offering bursaries of up to £25,000 as incentives to get postgraduate students into teaching. And I would hate to admit it, but it has worked. At least for me. This definitely is not the sole reason as to why I am pursuing a career in teaching, but knowing that my living expenses will be easier to cover for the next academic year is definitely a positive that I have taken into consideration. If pursuing a career is about striking when the iron is hot, then someone call the National Union of Mineworkers, because I’ve got some striking to do.
3. Mr. Williams – Every student had their favourite teacher whilst at school or sixth form. For me, that teacher during my time at sixth form was my Computing teacher Mr. Williams. To give a little background, there was no chance I was going to even get an AS-Level in Computing after my first year at sixth form, I was literally a matter of marks away from failing the subject. However, he (Mr. Williams) persevered with me and showed me that actually, once you get the hang of it, this whole Computing malarkey can actually be fun. He was the reason why I undertook my degree in Computer Software Development, he really was an inspiration to me. I definitely want to try to emulate him and the enthusiasm that he has for Computer Science, because I know that becoming a teacher can be an incredibly rewarding profession.
4. Another year of avoiding the real world – Postgraduate life? Never heard of it. There is something rather appealing about undertaking another year of university, in my particular case at the University of Nottingham. On one hand, I am absolutely sick and tired of having to wake up every morning (or afternoon, depending on which timezone my sleeping pattern feels like adjusting to,) and going to lectures, half of my friends have already left university, there is no-one to bang on my door everyday to remind me that I have a lecture in the morning and I still don’t have a clue what my student number is. On the other hand, there are new friends to make at a totally new environment. Actually, the answer is pretty obvious. I do not know why I just typed out those previous sentences. The only question left to answer is… PhD anyone?
5. Getting paid to teach a subject which I love – No matter how hard I try, I cannot bring myself to enjoy gaming. I don’t even know why try this site. If it is not FIFA, I am not interested. This pretty much makes me an anomaly in the Computer Science world. However, one thing which I do love is my subject. I could talk about it for hours. I love the fact that nobody has a clue what I even do as part of my degree, other than programming stuff. I love the fact that technology and applications have become such an integral part of our lives, yet there are huge number of children who would not know where to begin when it came to actually sitting down and developing an application. I also love the fact that I am making baseless presumptions within this paragraph just to increase the word count of this post. In all honesty though, Computer Science is a field which I could read around for days on end, it is practically a hobby for me. Getting paid to impart my knowledge onto the future generation, well that is just the icing on the cake.
There are so many more reasons as to why I want to get into teaching, but by the looks of it, Windows Update has finally finished doing whatever it was doing and requires a restart, so I guess that it is time to wrap this blog post up! Are there any crucial points that you feel as if I have missed out? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!