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What can i do to become a baker or teacher.

My names Nate, I am 14, and I want to become a #Teacher and #Baker.

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Lyndsay’s Answer

Right now, just try to figure out what you like best. Become a certified babysitter and start taking care of the little ones in your neighborhood. Take a baking class through the library or local rec center. At your age, just figure out what would make you the happiest, then do that:)
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Nate:

Thank you for your question. As others have already provided some great advice I'd like to include some additional details for your consideration.

* * * HOW TO BECOME A BAKER * * *

Long-term on-the-job training is the most common path to gain the skills necessary to become a baker. Some bakers start their careers through an apprenticeship program or by attending a technical or culinary school. No formal education is required.

Although there are no formal education requirements to become a baker, some candidates attend a technical or culinary school. Programs generally last from 1 to 2 years and cover nutrition, food safety, and basic math. To enter these programs, candidates may be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Most bakers learn their skills through long-term on-the-job training, typically lasting 1 to 3 years. Some employers may provide apprenticeship programs for aspiring bakers. Bakers in specialty bakery shops and grocery stores often start as apprentices or trainees and learn the basics of baking, icing, and decorating. They usually study topics such as nutrition, sanitation procedures, and basic baking. Some participate in correspondence study and may work toward a certificate in baking.

* * * HOW TO BECOME A TEACHER * * *

First, you must determine which grade level discipline you want to go in (ie, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School, High School). Pay close attention to the requirements for each discipline.

KINDERGARTEN & ELEMENTARY

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers usually must have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

Public kindergarten and elementary school teachers typically need a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Private schools typically have the same requirement. Some states also require public school teachers to major in a content area, such as family and consumer sciences, mathematics, or science, or a related field, such as liberal arts.

Those with a bachelor’s degree in another subject can still become elementary education teachers. They must complete a teacher education program to obtain certification to teach. Requirements vary by state.

In teacher education programs, future teachers learn how to present information to young students and how to work with young students of varying abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include a student-teaching program, in which they work with a mentor teacher and get experience teaching students in a classroom setting. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require teachers to earn a master’s degree after receiving their teaching certification and obtaining a job.

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER

High school teachers typically must have at least a bachelor’s degree. In addition, public school teachers must have a state-issued certification or license.

All states require public high school teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree, which may be in education. Many states require high school teachers to have majored in a content area, such as mathematics or science; some teachers study in a related field, such as military technologies.

Teacher education programs typically provide instruction on presenting information to students of different abilities and backgrounds. Programs typically include a student-teaching program, in which prospective teachers work with a mentor teacher and get experience instructing students in a classroom. For information about teacher preparation programs in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states require high school teachers to earn a master’s degree after earning their teaching certification and obtaining a job.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools typically seek high school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a major in a subject area. I hope this was helpful and provided you with enough details to get you started on your research. Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Become a Baker • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/bakers.htm
How to Become a Teacher (Kindergarten & Elementary) • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm#tab-4
How to Become a Teacher (High School) • https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm#tab-4
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Karen’s Answer

Hi Nate! You've already taken the first step in having a successful career by thinking ahead. You even know there are a couple of areas that interest you. Great if you can explore both ideas to find your true passion or perhaps one may become a hobby or a volunteer opportunity.

My guess is you are already baking and enjoy it. If so, continue trying new recipes if you can. I like to bake and then donate items to a local domestic abuse shelter, after sharing a few with family. Try to find out what people like the most and remember to have fun in the process of starting with a few ingredients and creating something wonderful.

I also love teaching and got started with a teaching certificate and later moved into a corporate position to lead an employee training department. Now I volunteer to assist a kindergarten teacher and that's the best! You can start to look for volunteer opportunities where you might help kids with reading, homework or general tutoring. Could even be a part-time job. Hope you get to experience the joy of knowing you have helped others to learn and grow.

With every good wish!
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