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Itís a job like no other because it involves both change and routine Ė you follow a similar routine every day and year after year, but you also see change in the form of different students and a new class every year. It may not be the highest paying job, but teaching at a school is probably one of the best options for most people because it not only allows you to grow as an individual, it also brings you a great deal of satisfaction because you know youíre making a significant difference in the lives of so many youngsters. And if youíre a mom who would like to get back into the job market, becoming a teacher is one of the most perfect positions you could hold, because:
- Youíre assured of more than two months of vacation every year
When you work at a school, you know youíre assured of a minimum number of vacation days every year because the students you teach are on vacation too. While you may have to go in to school for a few days after it closes and before it reopens, you do get to take at least two months off over the course of a year. Which other job offers you such a long period off work, with pay? Besides this, you get weekends off except under extenuating circumstances; so youíre able to devote time to household chores and bonding with your children and spouse.
- Your schedule is perfect when it comes to looking after your kids
Most professionals find it hard to take off for a family vacation because they have to get both parentsí schedules to coincide with the kidsí vacation dates. The sheer logistics of this is enough to put most people off planning holidays. If youíre a teacher, your vacation will definitely coincide with that of your kidsí, and if youíre spouse is able to take time off around the same period, itís easy as pie to plan quality family vacations. Besides this, youíre also home when they are, thus making it possible to help them with homework or just spend the evening with them. Also, if youíre a single mom, itís easy to be home when your child/children are home from school rather than entrusting them to a sitter and incurring additional expense.
- The stress level associated with the job is minimum
While you do have a great deal of responsibility in looking after a class, handling lessons, and coping with difficult and trouble-maker kids, the stress level associated with being a teacher is low when compared to most other jobs. If you have a flair for teaching, if you love children, and if you donít mind the occasional challenge thrown at you, then teaching is probably the best career for working moms.
Editor’s note: Sadly, this is how many education outsiders view teaching. For the reason, I posted the follow-up Do We Even Know How Most Outsiders View Our Jobs As Teachers