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The best job in the world!

AdvantagesVariety, holidays, job satisfaction

DisadvantagesLoss of social life, tiredness

"...A few people had suggested teaching to me in the past but it was never something that I'd taken too seriously. No one was any help - 'do what you want' - ARGH!!! I phoned my best friend in turmoil and she said that she could really see me as a teacher and thought I would be really good at it. I decided that I would go for it. My decision was based mainly on the fact that I loved History so much and thought it would be great to work around it every ..." Read review
07.03.2008

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Community Level 3Mini_Minx

Mini_Minx

Teaching, part of life's rich tapestry. Diamond review

AdvantagesSatisfaction, holidays, pay

DisadvantagesSome snotty parents, ribbing about holidays

"...to pursue a career in teaching because you can't think of anything else to do and, as you went to school once, you feel that therefore you know all about teaching; or fancy a nice little earner whilst you study. You will really struggle. ~But I DO want to do it~ OK, so you feel it is in your veins. Great! Congratulations! You are on the first rung towards a very satisfying goal. First you need qualifications. You don't have to be the cleverest ..." Read review
03.08.2004

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Community Level 5julietta

julietta

Do you want to teach

AdvantagesUltimately satisfying in the long run

DisadvantagesCan be gruelling, tiring and pressured hard work

"...of my constant references to teaching (and languages) but a couple of people out there have actually followed-up the teaching bit of my random personality as they have aspirations of becoming a teacher themselves (good luck to them – I would always encourage people to go for it!). In this case, what I propose is a quick run down of the basic training you need to go through in order to get qualified as a teacher in secondary education (sorry, ..." Read review
28.08.2001

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Exasperating, Exhausting, but oh so Rewarding

Advantagessee opinion

Disadvantagessee opinion

"...as befits someone in the teaching profession, so I will state now that if I mention the name of any school it will be fictitious, as will the name of any pupil that I mention. Teaching is one of those strange jobs, you know? It used to have the status as being one of the 'professions', but over the years its status has been subject to continual erosion by governmental dictates and media comment. Anyone who enters the profession now has to be prepared ..." Read review
26.01.2002

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Community Level 5pagan

pagan

The love of my life has changed

Advantagesthe children, making a difference, fulfilling a dream

Disadvantagespaperwork, restrictions

"...the choice of words – teaching is not a job, anyone who considers it as just that is in the wrong one! This op does tend to ‘go on’ but I’m afraid I am on my soapbox! Apologies if you get bored half way though. My training involved 3 years at Teacher Training College as I took an ordinary Bachelor of Education, however, I believe you now have to take an Honours Degree, which takes four years. I trained for primary education. Anyway, ..." Read review
27.04.2001

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Community Level 2The_Honest...

The_Honest_Truth2006

Primary teaching in Scotland (male probationer)

AdvantagesHolidays, better pay than you'd think, relatively short wkg hrs overall

DisadvantagesLong hours at times, time constraints...

"...to pursue a career in teaching I'm delighted to say I've realised my dream and I'm very happy to share my thoughts and views on the profession with you now. Having studied social sciences at the University of Glasgow (so as to allow me to teach in a secondary school if I wanted to at the end of my degree) I decided to apply for the PGCE course in primary teaching at Glasgow. Firstly, I decided to go down the primary route because I really wanted ..." Read review
09.11.2006

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Community Level 2Lilian-the...

Lilian-the-Great

Teaching in Vienna

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"...grew up with History I think teaching children isn't easy but it's an exercise for live and I hope that I'll take it! We had many young practicants during the 8 years of "Gymnasium" and only less wanted to teach after us eighter. Why ? *lol* Well it's not easy during the first years but if you are stubborn you'll take it. Beeing a teacher is a bad paid job in Vienna, so you have to be really good to live from this job during the first years ..." Read review
07.09.2001

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Community Level 3Medusa

Medusa

Diary of a Mad Woman

AdvantagesLots of lovely holidays - and the pay's not bad

DisadvantagesIt can be a 24 / 7 job if you let it

"...I am going to be teaching this week. Marvellous! TUESDAY: Today is 'S' day for every Year 9 pupil in the country - yes, they're sitting their SATs. Most specifically they are sitting their English SATs today which, as Head of Department, I am responsible for ensuring run smoothly. Myself and my trusty second in command haul the packages of papers out of the high security vault wither they have lain for the past 'x' number of weeks and proceed ..." Read review
12.05.2001

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Community Level 1cfranklyn

cfranklyn

A lifestyle or just a job - you decide.

Advantages13 weeks holiday, an understanding of various social groups first hand.

Disadvantagesreading endless reports, writing endless reports, ticking political boxes.

"...you about my career in teaching from the training to the present day. It’s a busy journey that has enabled me to spend as much time at home as is affordable. ~ My decision to teach ~ I remember quite liking the idea of 12 weeks holiday and a pompous air. I wanted to be like the cocky know-it-all who bullied and belittled all in front of him. That was one of my teachers when I was in primary school. I was a small geeky squirt who seemed to have ..." Read review
30.05.2007

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Community Level 4Claw

Claw

Reasons To Go Back In The Morning.

AdvantagesRead the opinion.

DisadvantagesIt's still not a lottery win.

"...positive and practical things about teaching with a view to encouraging some of you into this profession. You don't have to be a martyr or a saint, or spend your life marking. (Do you think I am, or I do?) It is, I believe, actually worth doing, even if you're not a 'Mother Teresa' clone. Why? Firstly, how about MONEY? The pay is actually pretty decent if you ask me. Training for a year can be worth up to £10,000 to you if you're doing a shortage ..." Read review
24.04.2001

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Community Level 6sue26

sue26

Family Literacy

AdvantagesTeaches you to understand how your child learns

DisadvantagesNot available everywhere

"...lot more one to one teaching two days a week, and he really needed it. At the beginning of the course you are given a folder which includes all the work you need to cover, and a Read and Write together pack. At the end you will be given a recognised City & Guilds certificate that can be added to your cv. What work is involved? You need to complete various tasks that are to be included in your folder.Some are fairly basic but other are not ..." Read review
04.05.2001

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Community Level 6teacherofh...

teacherofhooch

Here's looking at you kid

AdvantagesVery few

DisadvantagesStress

"...the class to inspect my teaching and make comments. (Some of whom I do not know or may not particularly like) Being observed is part of the job So what is it? First of all I thought about the sports people who watch their videos to improve their performance and it dawned on me that at the beginning of their career they know they may be in line for stardom. They want to be famous, they want to be first past that winning post or score the winning ..." Read review
16.10.2003

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Community Level 5Nameless

Nameless

Why do we do it

AdvantagesTeaching the youth of tomorrow

DisadvantagesToo many think teaching is a doddle

"...to tell you. I love teaching my kids, I love my job and I want to make the move to teacher. I love the fact that we are making a true difference on children’s lives and in our case helping them in so many other ways (we teach children with learning difficulties) I can understand why so many people avoid teaching, overcrowded classes and all the paperwork I mentioned. The government support is equal to the pay rates...pathetic and so few parents ..." Read review
30.04.2001

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Community Level 4debrini

debrini

Tell me why I dont like Mondays

AdvantagesYou can make a small difference to a few people if the Gods are with you!!

DisadvantagesHard work, stressful,not great money...

"...it. Lets face it if teaching were soooo easy why isn`t everyone doing it. The answer is because its bloody hard work. I started in a social priority secondary school in the East End of London, talk about baptism by fire! But it was sink or swim. At that time teaching was quite fun really and I got a lot from working with the pupils. This is however not a 9-5 job. You get in about 8am and some nights wouldn`t leave until after 6 with after school ..." Read review
29.03.2001

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Community Level 7CareBear

CareBear

CONTROVERSIAL - Why teaching is not so bad...

AdvantagesGuaranteed holidays and short days

Disadvantagesnational curriculum which is inflexible, poor entry standards

"...to challenge the assertion that teaching is one of the most stressful professions that can be followed. I am going to challenge, at the same time, the status quo and argue where teaching as a profession is failing and suggest why. In doing that please do not take offence at what I say, to a degree I am playing devil's advocate although what I say is my opinion, even though that opinion may be held in ignorance. I was prompted to write this opinion ..." Read review
27.04.2001

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