How My Previous Teaching Experience Changed My Career Choice
This summative task topic personally attracted me due to my very recent experience with teaching. To begin with, I, myself is a 22-year-old fresh university graduate in Hong Kong who undertook Business Marketing. To add to that, I also planned on pursuing a career in the business industry. During my university days, I would take up different kinds of part-time jobs for two simple reasons; to make use of my skills and hobbies and earn some cash from it. These hobbies included babysitting, arts & crafts and more.
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Just at the beginning of this year, I came across a post from someone in need of a part-time English playgroup teacher that does not just offer an attractive salary but also an attractive job description. I got the job right away, presumably due to my exceeding amount of enthusiasm during the interview.
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I started the job after a week of rigorous training and fell in love with it. As the only teacher in that specific branch, I learned a lot of things on my own. I learned to control a class of children from ages 3 years and younger, learned the importance of advanced class planning and the importance of being confident in front of the students, I also learned to entertain children who get distracted and bored in every single minute, and so on.
I would teach children who are accompanied by an adult and I believe that strongly changes the class environment knowing that you are also being watched by fully-grown adults who can easily see your mistakes. This was nerve-racking for a while but the more I did it, the more confident I became.
This job was life-changing and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Those special times with the children and watching them improve from day one meant so much to me. I remember teaching hesitant kids during circle time who became more comfortable and confident, and kids who did not know a single English word and be able to say a simple “thank you” months later. This gave me the outlook of making a difference in someone’s life, especially at such a young age which made it even more special.
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Early Career Professional
When I graduated from university, I, unfortunately, had to end my part-time teaching career as I needed to look for something more stable that would keep me busier than a class that only runs for 2 hours a day. Without any hesitation, I immediately went on a job hunt for an English teacher, which I know I would enjoy doing.
As of now, I am certain that helping students grow into such remarkable and intelligent people is something I want to do. I believe that doing something you enjoy as a job was worth the big decision of a career change and I also strongly believe that I will not regret it.
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