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What happens when you've finished studying your chosen career and find there isn't a job for you? Go back to school? Look at what jobs are available and where the funding may lie? Heather explores this further. 

Universities are competitive as our most academic programs. The United Kingdom isn’t exactly the most populated of countries either. As we teach our students on an even playing field, adhering to their individual needs, we are revoking the true spirit of the world – a harsh cruel reality, where getting a leg above everyone else is important to their own success.

It is arguable, that many institutions are accepting too few or too many candidates for programs that will feed the careers that are necessary for society. Teaching for example, is almost impossible to obtain work in, after graduation in many parts of Canada. Furthermore, having been taught to lead a life in that particular educational field is restricting the individual to the type of work obtainable. Thus, if I wanted to switch careers at this point in my life, I would need to start planning to return to school and beginning all over. Some programs may even require me to take a few more preliminary credits in order to achieve my desired position – which again, I may or may not yield a paying job from.

Perhaps in some form, students should begin to look at the world in a realistic manner – about what jobs ARE available, what fields are expanding and where the funding is. There’s nothing worse and more demoralizing than going through a field in Environmental Science, and realising the extreme luck it would take to get a job without specialising in an area, or realising that jobs in the area of your study is being diminishing.

I wish I had had more exposure to various careers to consider in my life. Except for a half semester spent on doing aptitude tests and understanding how our personality traits could adapt to various work opportunities, and a day in Grade 9 where I was able to accompany a journalist during a day of work, exploring the many fields was very limited. In other words, living in a rural area shielded me from knowing exactly what jobs I was entitled to. Non-existent is unfortunately a word I would use to describe the various careers I was able to consider.

As a teacher nowadays, I would strive to drive students to question how certain subject areas may impact society and which careers would interact with the knowledge and data that we deal with in the classroom. By getting students to actively make themselves aware of all the work pathways available, subconsciously, I hope they attain a broader opportunity to make better and more passionate choices that will allow them a life they choose. As completing a degree after years of dedication in a field, can be quite demoralising and give an individual a low self-image.

Tags: Heather, Canada, London, Australia

Category: Australian Teachers

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