1. A Teacher helps students learn life skills such as teamwork, following rules, and taking responsibility and accountability for their actions.
  2. A teacher leads a systematic life with dignity and honor.
  3. A teacher shouldn’t be money-driven, else this profession is not meant for you.
  4. Teachers also work to help each student succeed through individualized support.
  5. It is important for a great teacher, that s/he should be open to new ideas, be patient enough to deal with hundreds of students and be able to inculcate high morals and ethics in students.

Profile Details

Name – M.Padmaja

Profession – Teaching

Age – 45

Gender – Female

City – Paloncha, Telangana

Industry – Education

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born in a middle-class family. My father used to run a taxi and my mother is a homemaker. The financial status of my family was not so good during my childhood.

I had to study in government institutions all my life, but I don’t regret it; simply because many didn’t even have the opportunity to study in free institutions at that time. My parents put a lot of effort in raising us and they did a successful job of it.

That really motivated me to succeed in life.

Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organization names and your role/designation?

I had to study in a Government school located in a small town named Paloncha. The interest in education kept me motivated all the time and that made me opt for further education. After school, I pursued B.Sc. from a government college.

Since childhood, I have found that teachers are very well honored in the society and everyone does respect them a lot. So, I decided to become a teacher in my school days itself. I am glad that I stepped in the right direction. Later on, I was able to see a lot of competition for limited posts offered by the government, but I never lost hope. I started working in a private school but kept on writing those exams whenever I had a chance. Finally, I got lucky and all my dreams come true.

As years went by, I got transferred from one place to another. This is the only struggle I faced in all my career.

Which institutes are best for the education/training of a teacher?

The degrees like BA, MA, B.Ed. and M.Ed. are more valuable when you study in good Universities like Osmania, Nizam College or Badruka College in Hyderabad. People who pursued their respective degree from above-mentioned colleges are generally more knowledgeable than those from other colleges.

What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?

BA – 3 years – 75,000 INR

MA – 2 years – 50,000 INR

BEd – 1 year – 25,000 INR

MEd – 1 year – 26,000 INR

Above figures are indicative figures and may vary with location, institute etc.

What are the entry-level jobs in teaching?

Any person with any graduate degree (Medical, Non-Medical, Arts, Commerce etc.) can join this profession. In this industry, a person can start his career as a teacher and can end up as a Head Master/Principal at most.

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out as a teacher?

Starting – Salary 4.8 Lakhs INR per annum

5 Years – 5.52 Lakhs INR per annum

10 Years – 6.35 Lakhs INR per annum

15 Years – 7.3 Lakhs INR per annum

20 Years – 8.5 Lakhs INR per annum

Above figures are indicative figures and may vary.

Please describe your work.

I work for 6 days in a week. On a normal working day, I have to reach school by 9 AM and leave school only after 4 PM. Sometimes, I have to teach all day and some other days, I have some free periods.

During examinations, I need to work even from home to complete tasks such as evaluation of the answer sheets.

We should deal with the students sensibly and remember that their future depends on us. The beauty of this profession is that we are given an opportunity to build the future generation. Teachers usually work during school-year and spend the summer months preparing for the next year.

How is the work culture in your arena?

The work culture is good in the schools I have served in. However, I have heard a lot about other schools, where the presence of teachers is hardly felt. In general, we see that people take government jobs for granted, but the teachers are more responsible than any other government servant.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

If given another chance, I’d like to become a journalist, but I am happy with my current career.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?

The biggest positive of this profession is that we can lead a systematic life with dignity and honor. Everyone respects us a lot.

The pay is reasonable when compared to other professions.

You will have a chance to build the careers of the younger generation. A success of your student brings immense satisfaction to you and motivates you to do better.

As experience increases, the work becomes easy and the pay becomes great.

As a teacher, we will get a chance to update ourselves along with the young people over there.

What are some challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering this career/job?

A teacher should be ready to deal with all kinds of students.

Some students may not be good, but a teacher should never lose her cool.

The government schools may not be near to the town, so one should be ready to travel miles of distance without hesitation.

The increments can be low when compared with other professions.

What kind of person would be happy in your career?

A person who is willing to share all his knowledge and feel happy with the success of her/his students will be happy in this profession.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path like yours?

I would like to advise that the teacher should be ready to deal with any kind of students. He shouldn’t be proud of his knowledge and should be ready to share every useful thing he knows.

Contributing Writer – Myneni Pranav Deep