Should I pursue my passion or what makes the most money?
For years I've been working with kids in elementary, middle, and high school. I have a knack for teaching as I tend to have a very strong conceptual grasp on many subjects, especially math. My parents even said I should become a professor when I grow up. My mom works at a university and she has introduced me to a few of them for internships. However, as much as I like teaching and have a lot of legitimate experience with it, I don't know if I want a career in it. It makes me happy, but it's not a very well respected or high paying profession. I, like many others, have always had the dream of never having to worry about money and having nice cars and houses and such, I'm a junior now and soon I'm going to have to make a decision and I want it to be the right one.
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there's the law of attraction..do what you enjoy doing, impact lives and the good things of life would come find you..its a well
proven law. In this case you get to eat your cake and also have it, you have your passion, get your money and have all the fulfillment. those who get lost in the search for money and all often times don't end up having it or even when they do they become empty, I need you to go for what you want with all that you have, a positive mindset that sees the clear future believing you'll never be poor and you'll never end up a mediocre . I only need you to be sure with the conviction in your heart that what you think is what gives you joy and a sense of purpose and not just happiness.
This is something I struggled with when choosing my major in college. I actually started college as an undecided major, and spent my first 1.5 years fulfilling requirements. I was actually considering teaching as well, but I was concerned about the salary and being able to make a living. I ended up majoring in communications (concentrating in public relations & event planning), and ended up working in IT after 6 years, and now I'm in Learning & Development at Verizon. My career goal is to become a trainer (another form of teaching so to speak). My point in telling you this story is a couple of things...
1) You never know where you'll end up after your degree. Your career could end up taking you on a path you never knew you'd enjoy.
2) Teaching isn't always just in schools, as there are many companies that hire in-house trainers, as well as companies that provide training. So that could be another option to go into.
There are many other career directions you can take if you enjoy math, if you are concerned about the level of respect you get for teaching. Also, keep in mind, you may think the level of respect isn't high, but it really can be. Students may not see the greatness of a teacher, but looking back on my teachers, as an adult I really respect everything teachers do. The amount of time they put in, the amount of knowledge they have, and everything that they have to deal with these days...it's a lot.
The other thing you might want to consider (my last point, I swear! :-)), is that you could always teach at a college level even after you've been in the workforce. I'm currently going back for my masters in business administration, and all the professors I've had either are teaching in addition to their full time job, or retired early and are enjoying spreading their knowledge. So even if you think you want to stray from teaching and do something else, you can always end up teaching at a local school down the line. :-)
Hope this helps! :-)
Good luck as you continue your search,