Careers in Teaching: Five realities of the jobEditorial Team640|1Last Updated:09:00 am, April 21, 2012
Students who want to become teachers and lecturers need to be aware of the ground realities of the profession.
Those aspiring to be lecturers need to sit for the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is conducted by University Grants Commission (UGC). Students passing NET will be eligibile for Lectureship in universities and colleges across India.
Here are five common misconceptions about teaching that students sometimes have:
MYTH #1: Teaching is not a dignified profession
REALITY: Teaching is one of the most responsible jobs and certainly a dignified one as it not only demands for educating a student but also shaping into a responsible human being with industry skills.
MYTH # 2: Those who can’t do anything, teach
REALITY: Misconception. The basic requirement of a lecturer is to be well educated. In fact teaching is the most challenging task as it involves managerial skills, time management, organizational skills, creativity and command over the language etc.
MYTH #3: Teaching is very easy and doesn’t require much skill
REALITY: Well the fact is teaching requires numeral skills like creativity, class room management skills, excellent communication skills, patience, leadership skills and so on. A good lecturer is one who is thorough with the concepts.
MYTH # 4: If you went to school, then you know how to teach
REALITY: Frankly it doesn’t follow in this way. Teaching is a skill oriented field and requires tremendous effort. It’s just like saying “I know how to fly an airplane which doesn’t necessarily suggest that I know everything about flying an airplane.”
MYTH #5: Teaching job is not so hectic
REALITY: The fact is teaching is a multitasking job. For example, a lecturer has to prepare the course topics before hand, take classes, attend workshops to enhance teaching skills, conduct parent teacher meetings, learn technological oriented skills for classroom, conduct activities and quiz tests and so on.
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