Why did I choose this course:
My family chose this course for me. I am still having second thoughts about pursuing a career in teaching.
About my college education:
BTTE taught me how to teach English to Technical Vocational students. Ironically, the most difficult subjects were the education units like Principles of Teaching and Social Dimensions of Teaching. My interest are simply not in those topics and my professor didn't make much effort to get it.
I guess one of the most useful things I learned is to enjoy what you're doing, so one has to choose a course, choose one that you love with all your heart. Put practicality aside, because one way or another, however much practical the course is, if you don't love or enjoy what you are doing, you'll end up unhappy and unfulfilled.
Another thing this course had taught me is that a teacher can make or break a student. I learned that I should not take the students' failures and mistakes to heart to the point of crushing their dreams. I learned that being a teacher, I am here to help them build it, polish it and achieve it.
Exams are not just paper-and-pencil. Being teachers and all, we have demonstrations, seminars and portfolios to pass. Fortunately, out of 80 English Majors, only 2 failed and 10 shifted courses in all those 4 years. I think it has something to do with how our teachers guided us and helped us hold on.
Faith, confidence and determination. That is all you need to finish this course. You must have faith in God that He will never leave you and that He put this calling in your heart. Confidence in your choices and your decisions is needed so you won't have a troubled heart. Lastly, just be determined that you can do anything as long as you put your heart to it.
My current job:
I am currently Data Processor in the call center industry.
I listen to recorded calls and categorize them depending on client specifications.
Am I using what I learned in college:
I learned to adapt. I must be what others need and be the best I can be. I also learned that pretending to love what I do won't get me anywhere. I may not be teaching right now or anytime soon, but I know I want to touch lives. To do that, I must always give my best.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
I already was hired even before graduation. Though my classmates who pursued teaching got jobs before the summer even ended.
Do I recommend studying Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education:
Being a graduate of Bachelor of Technical Teacher Education, you get a lot of options. You can teach technical vocational college, grade 8-12, or even elementary students. You can be at an office with administrative or executive position.
Salary level actually depends on the job, but if you pursue teaching, get a license and a Master's degree, your salary would be more than enough. Fresh graduates normally get to private schools first, offering 8k to 17k, depending on the school. A more experienced teacher, on the other hand, can get 18k to 22k depending on the school.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
If one wants to be a teacher, he must make sure that he REALLY loves to teach and touch lives. If he doesn't, he'll only exhaust himself in the process.
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