About Teaching

Teaching has been stereotyped and was often thought to be a classroom affair. Teachers were employed at schools and colleges. Over the years with technological expansions, teaching has a wider outreach than before. There are many jobs that are available for teachers now.

Teaching is a two way initiative.  Teachers and students have an agreement and are obligated to give each other their very best. The teacher is also obligated to give it his/her best shot, and to expect the same from all the learners.  Good teaching is hard work and every class meeting is a performance. The good teacher truly likes what he or she does and takes up the task at hand with vigour. If this obligation, to impart knowledge, meets your career goals, you may be on the way to becoming an outstanding teacher! The teacher-student relationship is dynamic. Teaching is bidirectional and challenging.  The common goal of teaching is always the same: learning.

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There are many different courses available on Teacher training, both in India and abroad. Teachers study the subjects they wish to teach. For instance, someone who wishes to teach engineering would have to be from a sciences background, complete a course in engineering or a BSc in the same field and then move on to teaching. Although, there are many colleges who recruit graduates as trainee teachers, enrolling for a course in teaching might just help you be ahead of the curve.

UK

University of Nottingham | University of Surrey | Cardiff Metropolitan University

AUSTRALIA

Edith Cowan University | Flinders University | Charles Sturt University

INDIA

Modern School of Education | Bangalore city college | St. Xaviers college

Career Prospects

There are many job prospects available to teachers. Teachers, work in research institutions and even contribute their expertise to many national and international missions. There have been many noted personalities who started out as teachers. Manmohan Singh, the current Prime Minister of India was an economics teacher for many years before he came into politics. Teaching is a very prestigious career, a fact which has been endorsed by many nations of the world. S Radhakrishnan, whose birthday we celebrate as Teacher’s day in India went on to become India’s first Vice President.

Teachers not only work in tertiary-level and research institutions, but also contribute their expertise to many national and international missions. Professors have been/are Union ministers and advisors to prime ministers/ministries. In addition to universities/colleges, professors and teachers from private coaching institutes, private education-content companies/web portals act as consultants to big companies and international bodies.

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Jobs & Salary

Universities and schools are the most common places of work for teachers. Internationally famous schools, colleges and universities offer work to teachers. Some of the companies you can work for are listed here:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, India.
  • Australian National University, Australia
  • London School of Economics, UK.
  • Government bodies, Rajya Sabha
  • Raffles International School, Singapore
  • Princeton review, USA
  • British Council, UK
  • G-cube e-Learning Solutions, as a SME. (subject matter expert)
  • CBSE, ICSE and State boards hire teachers to write textbooks.

Teachers have always played down the money factor, often quoting reasons like social responsibility and personal fulfilment as major motivating factors, and not just the money. However, money is important, and as vague as that may sound, following is the generic remuneration of a teacher in India. Along with the base pay, a teacher also qualifies for perks and incentives, known as academic grade pay, which generally depends on the success of the teacher’s students.

Level Annual Remuneration Academic Grade Pay
Assistant Professor
(0-5 years)
2-5 lakh 72,000 annum
Assistant Professor
(5-10 years)
5-9 lakh 108,000 annum
Professor
(11 years and above)
10 lakh onwards 1,20,000 annum

Pros & Cons

As a teacher, you can have a personally rewarding and fulfilling career. There are pros and cons to everything in life. Here are some advantages of being a teacher:

  • Respected job
  • Extra holidays
  • Scope for growth
  • Versatility
  • Student appreciation
  • Job Satisfaction

Although Teaching is known as the noble profession and is probably the most respected out of all the other careers, it does have its fair share of disadvantages.

  • Low remuneration (Initially)
  • Constant learning required
  • Extensive studies and research required
  • Stressful job (At times)
  • Demanding and tedious job
  • Accountability of students

Teaching thus is a mixed bag, but if you have the right personality traits, you will be mighty successful in this career.

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