Having shifted from school environment, for which I worked for 17 years, to an industry can have its good and bad sides.
- You help nurture and inspire young minds and hearts. This is the most rewarding for me; able to inspire students to do better academically and as as person.
- You have predictable schedule and activities. As the teacher, you control / manage how the classroom should flow.
- You meet young and vibrant students regularly. May this be in semestral or shorter time breaks, the chance of meeting different kids can be as exciting too.
- You get to learn new things again or review old stuffs you have long forgotten (perhaps last learning was during school days?)
- You meet terrible students and parents. Ever experienced delinquent students or parents who quarrel with teachers asking about their kids' performance.
- You do routine paper works and reports. You check quizzes every day, prepare term reports, check exams and attendance records.
- You get a small pay while your friends are splurging from their cool jobs.
- You cant be sick or absent or late as your class will be waiting for you.
- You keep seeing the same classroom again and again.
- Social life can be boring. I see friends who stay single even on their late 30s and beyond having work in schools with verrrrrrry limited romantic chances.
In spite of the drawbacks, I can still see myself teaching in 10 more years to come. Geez! While I dont get the biggest pay, I am happier when I teach. And, I hope you too will find that same passion!