Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about the best way to achieve my dream.
My goal: to be in the classroom teaching Accounting to college students. Don’t laugh….okay, you can laugh.
I really love teaching students. I’ve been doing this for five years but that has required moving from school to school because I don’t have a PhD. I applied to three programs last year and was rejected by all of them. I got some advice from one of the schools I was rejected by and started taking calculus classes. I should be studying for the GMAT but am so busy with teaching, taking calculus and all my other obligations that I haven’t had the time to devote to it. Getting a PhD will take five years of my life and is research based not teaching based. I’ve looked into teaching at a community college, where there are a few rare tenure positions. The pay is a lot less than I am making now and about a quarter of what I could make if I got my PhD.
I’m torn. I want to be a teacher, not a researcher but I will need to be a researcher in order to stop bouncing around from school to school. In order to achieve my dream, I have to take a round-about approach. I could just keep bouncing around from school to school but it is difficult to build relationships with students and help them achieve their dreams when you can’t set down roots.
I am still pondering the best way to work this. I have an appointment next week with one of the programs I am interested in. I have to reconcile everything in my mind and decide the best course to take. For now, I am gathering more information.
The one thing I do know: I belong in the classroom. I have hundreds of former students who have told me I do. I have dozens of students who lives have been impacted by the advice I have given them. I want to help create more of those success stories. I just need to figure out what is the right path for me.