Is It The Perfect Career for You?

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela has perfectly summarized the importance of education in lifethrough this famous quote.

The responsibility for providing this life-altering education falls largely on the teachers. Teaching is so much more than simply imparting knowledge and exchange of ideas. It is a powerful force that instills values, inspires, and shapes our lives from a young age. It has the power to nurture young minds that ultimately build nations.

Teaching is one of the most respectable professions in the world and is a serious responsibility. People who step into this profession need to possess a clear sense of direction, loads of patience, passion to share their knowledge with young minds, and willingness to adapt and learn new things constantly. A thirst for knowledge is an equally important requirement for a successful teaching career.

Teachers will always be in demand. With the introduction of virtual classroom teaching, there is an overall increase in the opportunities for teachers. There is a huge requirement for teachers in the non-conventional subjects such as yoga, physical training, different art forms, and various martial arts. Some private schools give equal importance to extra-curricular activities like swimming, dramatics/theatre, and horse-riding and include them as part of the curriculum, giving scope for employment to teachers in the off-beat subjects as well. 

Industry Snapshot

According to Industry experts, Education sector is a major employment driver and will continue to be so for the next two decades. The tremendous growth in this sector can be easily measured by the number of vacancies published in the employment segment of any newspaper or online portals in comparison to other sectors.  There is a significant rise in the supply of candidates who are eyeing the various employment opportunities in Education sector, which is comparatively recession proof. 

The emergence of large number of private schools, colleges, and institutions all over the country has given rise to a high demand for competent teachers. While many colleges are expanding operations in multiple education levels including PhD/Doctorate programs, the country is also seeing a large influx of new educational and training institutions focusing on non-traditional courses which were earlier considered to be mere hobbies. This is contributing to the overall growth of the education sector at all levels.

The recent years has, however, seen a marked boom in higher education segment with an increase in hiring for senior positions to manage specified academic units. It is, therefore, not surprising that India has the largest higher education systems in the world.

Nature of Work

The main objective of the Education industry is to impart knowledge and to make students capable of Self-Education. One person who plays a major role in making this Education industry important is a “Teacher”. There is no denying the fact that there are a whole lot of people who are working in administrative positions and at the front and back end to complete the circle of Education. But without a Teacher, everything becomes meaningless. Hence, we are focusing more on the role of a Teacher and less on the role of other professionals.

The work of a Teacher starts early in the morning. School timings are from morning till noon. For colleges and universities, timings are from 9am-5pm. As a Teacher, you have to prepare lesson plans regularly, be involved in various paperwork and assignments and manage various events like picnics which can be cultural, educational tours or fun trips. Teachers are the primary guardians of the children in any institution.

As a Teaching professional, you will be associated with an institution and your nature of work will always revolve mainly around your students. There are other professionals within the Education industry, but every professional’s aim is to “Nurture The Students”.

Skills required

To be a successful Teacher, some of the skills that you should possess are listed below:

  • Communication Skills.
  • Listening Skills.
  • Patience.
  • Planning & Organizing Skills.
  • Self-discipline.
  • Out of box thinking.
  • A Caring & Empathetic attitude.
  • Use a variety of media in their lessons.

Different Disciplines in Education

There are many types of Teachers. If you have an interest in a specific subject area, or enjoy working with a particular age group, you may be suited to a specialist area of Teaching.

Some of the disciplines in the Education sector are mentioned below:

  • Elementary Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Guidance & Counseling
  • Planning, Management and Financing of Education
  • Distance Education & Open Learning
  • Inclusive Education
  • Physical Education
  • Special Education (Mentally Retarded)
  • Yogic Education
  • Management of Education
  • Languages

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Education

In India, across various states there are different qualifications required to be a Teacher. 

After 10th

A diploma in Education (D.Ed) is one option which you can opt for after your 10th. With this diploma you become eligible to teach primary classes in schools. There is an entrance test which you need to clear to enter this diploma course. Indian recognized universities offer these courses. We suggest you consult your school counselor before taking any decisions. The aptitude tests are done for career choice evaluation.

After 12th

Anyone who wishes to become a School Teacher, is required to have a B. Ed degree from a recognized/approved university. Who can do a B. Ed? Anyone who has completed their graduation or is in the final year of graduation can appear for the B. Ed. Minimum marks required are 50% or equivalent in your graduation and  one must study at least  one subject during their graduation which is taught in schools.

Career Prospects & Job opportunities

You are a nation builder and there is no dearth of Education centers in India. The literacy rate of India is quite low. Therefore, the government is trying to educate Indian citizens in every way possible. There are various government schemes which have been launched for children, especially the girl child. In the times to come there are plans for FDI in the Education sector. This will increase the scope and demand for Teachers.

Teaching is definitely a rewarding profession, financially and mentally too. You can teach in a school, college or university and a there’s a lot more that you can do, read below to find out more:

Career Options:

  • Primary Teachers: The minimum requirement to be a Primary School Teacher is to be a graduate with a Nursery Training certificate / diploma / degree. Normally, candidates who have a Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) start their career as Primary School Teachers and gradually move up.
  • Home Science graduates: They can also be selected as Primary School Teachers. The candidate should have studied at least one of the teachable subjects during their graduation.
  • Secondary & Senior Secondary Teachers: The candidate must have a post graduate, PG degree in the subject and a Bachelors in Education (B. Ed) degree. 
  • Special Teachers: There are special schools for special children. Teachers who want to teach the blind, deaf and dumb, special children or children with special needs can opt for this.
  • Cultural, Arts, Sports & Instrumental Music Teachers: One needs to have a proper degree in their respective areas of interest.
  • Lecturers in a College/ University: One requires a post graduate degree in the relevant subject from an Indian University or an equivalent degree from a foreign University, with at least 55% marks. Eligibility test for lecturers (NET) are conducted by UGC, CSIR or similar tests accredited by the UGC.
  • Curriculum designer: One can work for the government Educational department; every state has its board such as CBSE, ICSE, etc. where their role will involve designing the curriculum for various classes.
  • Teaching NGOs: There are NGO’s who require Teachers which one can get associated with.
  • Publishing houses: There are various books for students in the market, who writes these books? It’s the Teachers. You can also do this. One needs a few years of Teaching experience and then they can work with any reputed publishing house.
  • Teach the Teachers: If one wishes to teach the Teachers in B. ed classes then one has to do an M. ed and then they will be eligible to teach the B. ed students.
  • Competitive preparation Institutes: Tutorial batches have become fairly common in big cities and towns. Tutors can provide coaching for not only the class subjects, but also for competitive examinations, such as the Civil Services entrance exams, MBA, TOEFL etc.
  • Special language Teacher: There are Lingual schools, where one needs to teach a second language to the students. These students are mostly foreign nationals and local students who wish to learn a second language.

You can work as a Teacher in a government/ private school, kindergartens, colleges and universities. Then there are allied schools where coaching classes are conducted. There are specialized centers for various language teaching. Also, you can be an administrative person for any of these institutions and can work in the back-end too, where the nature of work becomes clerical, is concerned with daily operations and monitoring the staff and involves taking strategic and financial decisions. 

 Administrative Positions:

  • Head of institutions
  • Reception staff
  • Accounts and Finance staff
  • Personnel
  • Administrative staff

Allied branches:

  • Library Teacher
  • Sports Teacher
  • Arts Teacher
  • Music
  • Hobby Teacher/ Instructor

School Teacher

  • Nursery Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Senior Teacher
  • Lecturer

Kinder Garden Schools

  • Day Care Teacher
  • Nursery Teacher

University/ College

  • Asst. Professor
  • Professor
  • Sr. Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Sr. Lecturer

Angels and Demons

Pros

  • You can get a job easily.
  • Industry will be booming in the coming years.
  • Teachers are well respected in the community.
  • You'll have the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference to your society.
  • You can move into an allied industry from being a main school Teacher.

Cons

  • The pay is low.
  • You have to deal with irate parents, school bullies and misbehaved children.
  • There's lots of paperwork.
  • Experience counts in this industry.
  • You have less options to experience corporate culture.

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