By Noah Segal, SED 2017
1. If you are a guy, you are going to get a job.
If you’re a guy and you are willing to work with children in any capacity, then the chances of you not finding a job right out of college are slim. Women significantly out number men in the field of education. While it might not necessarily be fair, the truth is that men with education degrees have a much better shot at being hired, and in turn being promoted compared to their female peers. In a competitive job market you need to use anything you can to gain an edge, and being a man who is willing to work with children is a significant edge.
2. Never a dull moment.
Let’s face it; our generation gets bored fairly easily. We are either jumping from activity to activity or multitasking our way through the day. Working with kids provides you with the opportunity to do both. I can guarantee you that no single day will be the same. I would even go as far as saying that no single hour will be the same. Working with children provides you with the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities throughout the day, and the responsibility of being in charge forces you to be ready for anything thrown your way. The odds of you being great at expecting the unexpected will not be high at first, but that’s what’s so fun about it. Every single second of every single day forces you to grow as a teacher, but also as a person.
3. It’s hard but rewarding.
I think that it’s fair to say that above all else, what people are looking for in life is a purpose. We all need to find what drives us, what pushes us to dig deeper and work harder, all because we want to, not because we have to. Working with children provides you with the opportunity to develop a new purpose each day. Nothing is going to come easy, but there is nothing more gratifying than breaking through to a child and seeing them have that “ah ha” moment that you’ve both been striving towards.
Working with children is not going to be easy. Not everyone will respect your career choice; you won’t make as much money as your friends who work on Wall Street. There will always be something to grade, plan, assess, or adjust. You will connect with a group of children as time goes on, only to see them be replaced with new ones the following year. However, working with children is one of the most challenging, stimulating, and rewarding fields that you could potentially go in to, and although it’s not for everyone, you shouldn’t dismiss it just because others around you say so. Give it a try; you never know what might happen.
Noah Segal is a junior in the School of Education, majoring in Special Education