Chance to teach college for a couple of months...thoughts?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Sherman90, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Sherman90

    Sherman90 Senior member

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    I've got a chance to step into a professor's shoes and teach college kids twice a week for the next two months. The salary and the hours are pretty meager - and I'd be giving up a short-term contract to do serious full-time work - but it seems like a great opportunity to try something I've always wanted. I'm not sure which I'd regret more: giving up the short-term contract (which is rare) in my chosen field, or turning down the opportunity to be a teacher. I'd still get to work, albeit irregularly, during the days I'm not teaching.

    I was all set to accept the offer until my sister warned me of the countless hours spent on mindless administrative work; on the other hand, the course modules and exams are all worked out in advance.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    The mindless administrative side of things is mostly for the career types, you wouldn't be too likely to run into it as a temporary lecturer. Honestly making tests and graded assignments is the most difficult part, if you don't have to do that, it's mostly fun. Standing in front of a room full of kids is the enjoyable part and that sounds like most of what you'd be doing.

    Don't cripple your main career for it, but it sounds like an opportunity that you want to take advantage of.
     


  3. VaderDave

    VaderDave Senior member

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    I have a friend who is a professor at a local college. He teaches a course in the business school on basics of business. I guest lecture every semester on estate planning and taxes.

    It's a great gig for me: I get to show up and indulge my "what if" fantasies of being a professor in front of a class for a couple of hours, then when it's over I get to leave. No tests, no grading, no admin stuff. I really enjoy it.
     


  4. Sherman90

    Sherman90 Senior member

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    Took both jobs :slayer:

    Thanks, guys. Looking forward to teaching!
     


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