Should I teach science? Should I teach anything?
July 31, 2011 1:40 PM Subscribe
Should I become a high school science teacher? Lots of background info.
I'm 28 and about halfway through a bachelors degree. In what? I don't know, that's why I'm only halfway through. I've changed majors more often than I change my oil, as you could see by my askme history.
I've also had a lot of jobs (25ish) and have never really liked any of them except one, working at a group home for teenage boys. I was good at it, good with the kids; but I got burned out and felt used by the agency so I quit. I'm not one of those people who thinks you have to follow your passion and love your job, but more often than not I'm just plain miserable at work. I have a hard time excelling at things I'm not invested in.
So I find myself close to 30, stalled with my education, and working another job I have a hard time motivating myself to do. I have often thought of being a teacher but usually told myself it was a foolish choice. Too hard and too little pay. Now I'm second guessing that. Hating your job is hard, and the pay, well, I make a damn sight less than the average starting teacher salary.
These are the issues that currently give me pause. 1) My previous burnout at the group home. I was young, just about 22, and they were violent and sexual offenders, but it still makes me wonder if the same outcome wouldn't happen with teaching. 2) I'm not naturally inclined toward hard science, but I know that's where the jobs are. The education degree would be with a focus on Earth and space science, and I enjoy those topics in an armchair fashion, but I don't naturally excel at them. If I picked on instinct it would be social studies.
If I do go ahead with it and I hate teaching, corporate training is always a viable exit strategy, so I don't feel like an education degree is make or break. My other option right now would be to continue working whatever job comes along and possibly seek out a two year program in something else I find interesting. My other very unrelated choice is currently becoming a physical therapy assistant. I've been through PT and think it would be rewarding, though obviously more physically demanding and limiting in terms of a career.
Input from all teachers and anyone who has made similar choices is greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading this far.