On a visit to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Florida, I met a nurse. In one of our many conversations, she announced that previously, she was a trained school teacher who had taught for several years. I was also reminded by a colleague from St. Kitts-Nevis that many of his past and current staff were teachers. This included the only woman on the government team, Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Planner of Education and Director of Education.
As a teacher, these experiences ‘moved me to the core’ because they went against a deeply held belief that teaching is not a stepping stone or a stepping stone to another career. However, reflecting on my deep-seated and long-held idealistic notion, I came to the conclusion that the action of the ‘teacher turned nurse’ and the other highlighted above, may have ‘come of age’ and who are encouraged by the nature of career trends in the 21st century and the nature of teacher education and training.
The nature of 21S t-century professional trends
What are the racing trends of the 21st century? First, it is an understood fact that a large number of people do not work in the area in which they have their degree. Second, even if one is fortunate enough to be employed in the area listed in the title, the average adult will change jobs several times throughout their career. The reasons for doing so are many. However, given the realities of today’s career, it seems irrational to insist that teachers in general, and especially those who have not been renewed, bitter and disenchanted, limit themselves to teaching because they are trained teachers. Because, as we see, limiting yourself to a single job during a period of life is no longer the norm in 21st century careers, but the exception.
The nature of teacher education and training
The nature of the education and training that teachers receive and, in particular, the skills and content knowledge they develop during training are transferable to other jobs. This also helps foster the idea that it may be time to promote teaching as a stepping stone to other careers. For example, teachers during training develop technical, numerical, communication and social skills that are highly desirable in most organizations. The skills and knowledge developed make teachers suitable for jobs such as:
Entry-level software developer
Real estate agent
This is by no means a complete list, but it helps to support the point I am making.
I must point out to those who might object to reason number two for promoting teaching as a stepping stone or stepping stone to other careers, that this fact should not be construed as an accusation against teacher education and training, but as an endorsement of its dynamic nature. . .