Why do you want to teach?


It’s been a long time since I last posted a blog on my page. Long enough for me to forget the website I used to create this – how bad is that?! Anyway, I am back and hoping to write posts on a regular occurrence so that I have the chance to share and reflect on my learning experiences.

It’s week two in first semester and already I am shocked/nervous/excited to realize that in July I will begin applying for teaching jobs. JULY! That is 4 months away… such a crazy realization. So many years studying and waiting for this that I can’t believe it is just around the corner.

Last week, in one of my lectures, we were all asked “Why do you want to teach?” and my mind went blank. I thought to myself ‘Why?’ There are so many reasons why – but why couldn’t I articulate it in words? I’ve come so far over the past 5 years and without a doubt I know that teaching is where my future is, so why couldn’t I give a reason to the most simplest of questions.

Although, one thing that did stick in my mind is that is makes me happy. Happiness… a word used so frequently and yet there are so many distorted images of it. For some people, money and material objects are the only things that make someone happy. But for me, happiness doesn’t even measure to anything of monetary value. I know what it feels like to not be happy with your job and I vowed to myself that I would never work in a profession that possesses those feelings inside of me again. I have only stayed true to myself since I began studying Education and I can honestly say that if it did not make me happy that I would quit. Thankfully, that is not the case and I have spent the past 4 years knowing that I am doing something I love.

So, there you have it – when I get asked at an interview “Why do you want to teach?” my answer will be simple – “It makes me happy”. Obviously, I know I need to work on that answer in depth because clearly that would not get me a job (haha!). But, it is a start and I know I will continue to reflect further and blow everyone away.

For now, I am happy 🙂