The Teacher Perks (You Can Ask Your Principal)
It’s an open secret that most teachers don’t take the job for the money. Instead, they are driven by a desire to genuinely help children and to make a difference in the world.
However, there are perks that comes with this particular job. Not only does the public not know about many of these perks, but neither do many teachers!
Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran, here are some of the perks you can start enjoying right away!
No Nannies Needed
Many teachers have children of their own. For them, one of the best teaching pens is able to ditch the need for a nanny.
Why? Because of the time they have the same schedule that their child does. That makes it easier to drop the kids off, pick them up, and otherwise have a rally on anyone else.
No nanny means saving a lot of money, especially over a long period of time. And you also get the peace of mind that comes from not having to trust your young children to a caregiver that you do not honestly know.
The Reliable Salary
It sounds like something from a riddle. "Would you rather have a good salary or a reliable salary?"
Teachers sometimes complain (rightfully so) about not being paid enough. However, many teachers do not realise how vital a stable salary is.
Many of your friends and family are at risk of losing their job during the next company downsizing or economic upheaval. And still more people are Relying on the unstable "gig economy," forcing them to string together several low-paying jobs in the hopes of scraping by.
Meanwhile, teachers enjoy a stable salary and benefits. And in this day and age, that's nothing to sneeze at!
The Second Childhood
Have you noticed the "retro" fad is not really going away? From movie re-releases to classic video game comebacks, there is no shortage of ways for people to revisit the past.
Nostalgia is a powerful force because it lets people relive happier and more carefree days. But here's a secret: that teachers get paid to do this!
As a teacher, you can expose students to books, lessons, and media that shaped your own childhood. And that means you get to relive your own happier days and powerfully Vividly.
In addition to nostalgia, you're getting the mold entirely new generations in your image. It's tough for non-teachers to understand just how cool that is.
Ever wonder why teachers get along with their colleagues more than other professionals do? It mostly comes down to the kinds of work you are doing.
Most jobs are all about serving the profits of a corporation. That makes it tough to bond with people because few workers are genuinely passionate about their work. And various corporate mergers and behind-the-scenes things mean that there is a constant flow of workers coming and going.
With teachers, everyone is focused on the education and well-being of students. And many teachers devote themselves to decades on the job.
This helps you establishe collegial relations with fellow employees. And much more than with other professionals, you are very likely to turn into some colleagues lifelong friends!
Ability to Advance
It's a bit of a stereotype that teachers have nowhere to go once they start teaching. After all, education is a job field that does not have the same corporate ladder that other areas have.
However, all teachers can advance if they choose to. Many administrators started out as teachers, and the path towards administration is always open to educators as an example.
In many ways, this gives you the "best of both worlds." If you love teaching, you never have to move up or move on. But if you're bitten by the administrative bug, you can rise as high as you desire.
We understand that working with students every day can sometimes be stressful. But do you know how much it beats the alternative?
There's a reason that most people frown on the idea of a "day job." The truth is that no one wants to be stuck at a job where 90% of their time is spent just staring at a computer without getting up.
Teaching, however, is about as dynamic as it gets. You are always moving and interacting with other people. The end result is that every moment of every day helps to keep you engaged and energized.
Chances are that you are already teaching before you started reading this. But with any luck, we have given you a new way to look at the world's most important job!
By focusing on these perks, you can make every day of teaching happier, healthier, and more productive than the day before.
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