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An unexpected path

Many people naturally think that we deal with education for only a limited period of time: when we are students ourselves and when we have children of school-age. Still, don’t forget about those who contribute a lot to this sphere – teachers.

I’m a teacher of English, though I had never planned to be the one at first! As a student, I had to change my place of residence – and my university. When changing universities in Russia, you can’t always get into the same program you had done before. That’s why I was offered to do economics as my second higher education course and to study foreign languages, earning the qualification to be a teacher. No matter how difficult it is to imagine, sometimes you have to face such odd situations. And the quicker you get used to it, the better! That means that I accepted this variant and projected my future based on it for the coming years.

In Russia, education has 2 sectors: private and state. Both have advantages and drawbacks. In places outside of the capitals, the state school system has just begun to get sufficient monetary support. So I chose the private sector in order to worry less about my financial matters. And, of course, it also has much less red tape!

My fellow students and I in Moscow

So many things happen in the world, and some involve education in our country. We have a great opportunity to witness changes – and to influence them, making things better for pupils and students. That’s why I believe that any helpful contribution is important. The world transforms, and classical schools, libraries and universities – any institutions connected with enlightenment – alter in accord with modern methods. Changes include offering an education by means of online courses or accommodating those going in for a second or third degree while having a family. In Russia, with its rich variety of small nations and cultural diversity, this process is especially promising to look at.

I’m fond of working as a teacher now, but, psychologically, I’m the one who will not be the same over the decades. So I may find another sphere of life to work in – without giving up teaching as long as it interests me and getting useful experience for the future.

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May 4, 2012 | 1:47 pm

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  • Pavel, I am teacher like you but I have studied the subjects I love from the beginning.: Languages.
    I didn´t think I would be a teacher. I just tried to excel at my major simply for the pleasure of opening doors to another culture. It happened just naturally that I began to help friends and tutor some pupils. Back then it was difficult to master a foreign language because taking a trip abroad was very expensive. Nowadays it´s that easy to have an experiment in international living and improve one´s skills.
    I really enjoyed my job.I still do.It´s such a great opportunity to exchange experiences and it fulfills oneself, challenges us as well as it gives a sense of accomplishment,Do you agree? You are as young person and you are familiar with online possibilities in education. It´s such a major change for me . I didn´t use them that often. Do you think teachers will become redundant?

  • Sorry. You are a young person….Thanks.

  • Vanda, as for teaching being a great opportunity – I fully agree with you. The more you get involved – with real devotion what’s important – into this activity, the more ways of using it to broaden your own horizons you see.
    As for online education, it will need humans as teachers and tutors as it’s impossible to substitute for them with machines and programmes. This sector of education can’t be very popular in all regions of the world – so teachers will surely find the demand for their skills.

  • Pavel, what about another side? I mean when person have to become a teacher independently he|she want to work as a teacher or not. Sometimes our parents decide our future. Sometimes teaching is the only possibility to solve a financial problem of family. The are several other situations like that and what do you think about people who changed their opinion about teaching due to external factors like I present you?
    Exuse my broken english)) I’m not a teacher of English

  • Vlad, the problem you touch upon still happens in Russia. But to my mind, it’s not very difficult – especially in regional centres or big cities – to find a source of money to live on. I know some people whose sphere of work has nothing to do with their university degree (another thing is that they are restrained in going up their career ladder!).
    I appreciate it when people are ready to change their opinion about something after examining it thoroughly. It means that they are ready to broaden their horizons and are not completely led by stereotypes.

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