Whether you are about to graduate from high school or an undergraduate degree or have just recently graduated, you need to start thinking about a career if you have not already. While there are many decent, honourable professions out there, there are many perks to becoming a teacher and below are 5 benefits to pursuing an education degree.
1. Job security
The goal with any job is having security where you will be employed and able to support yourself without being being laid off. Pursuing an education degree to become a teacher is a smart move because you will always have a job.
In some countries it can be very competitive to get a full-time teaching position. However, until this time you can be placed on the substitute list, allowing you to still make a decent living filling in for teachers who are sick or on extended leaves. English-speaking teachers are in high demand all over the world. This provides you with the opportunity to travel the world teaching abroad as well.
2. Live your passion
Most if not all people desire jobs where the get to do something that involves their passions. However, the reality is most people settle for less, taking jobs and remaining in them to be able to make a living.
Pursuing an education degree is beneficial because you get to teach what you are passionate about. Whether you enjoy history, science, mathematics, gym, or trades, you will be able to talk about and partake in activities that deal with these subjects. In doing so, you will enjoy your job a lot more and look forward to every day that you get to teach.
In addition to finding a job that you love doing, a main objective should be securing a position where there are numerous incentives that make the job even more worthwhile and benefit you and your family.
Teachers in many countries make salaries that are more than a lot of other types of jobs. This means that you will be able to provide for you and your family. Medical and dental benefits are also provided and a pension will ensure you are well looked after well into your retirement years. This is meaningful as a lot of other careers are not afforded these luxuries. Many school boards also pay for courses that you express an interest in, allowing you to continue your own education and be in a good position to pursue opportunities for advancement.
4. Inspire & assist
As mentioned, most people’s jobs are only a means to an end, something they need to do to earn a wage to support themselves. Little is there an opportunity to help and inspire others. Having an education degree is unique because it allows you to do exactly this.
Being a teacher means having a daily opportunity to inspire others, instilling knowledge in students that they previously did not have. Imagine the sense of pride and achievement teachers have by helping a student solve a problem or help someone in their weakest subject and he/she ends up passing a test.
5. Reasonable schedules
You probably enjoy your job however you may have a family you need to tend to, friends you want to spend time with, or have extracurricular activities you want to participate in. Therefore, you do not want to spend all of your time at work.
Pursuing an education degree and eventually becoming a teacher means having a great schedule. Although you may be expected to be a coach or leader of an after school program, you will not be required to work nights, weekend, or holidays. As a result, you will have plenty of time to do other things which is important in avoiding burn-out that can occur if a person is too dedicated to their work.