Monday, 27 June 2011

Teaching Experience

For the past 3 weeks, I had been doing my placement as a student ambassador in a Secondary School. The experience I obtained through the period was very rewarding. It opened my eyes how different the education system in the UK as compared to my home country, Malaysia. Students have more freedom and the education are more diverse with a little bit of everything. In GCSE for example, students are given the opportunity to learn one foreign language; French, German, Spanish and etc. Unlike the UK, students in Malaysia focussed very much on Science and Mathematics. 

I've also managed to taste some of the difficulties faced by teachers in shaping the students into a better future. Like any other countries, students tend to be influenced by the media. There was once I asked a student about what he want to be in the future. Typical answers given: footballer. For the ladies, they love singing and acting.

One of the question that I received from the teachers in the school was, "So, what do you think of teaching as a profession in your future?". Oh well, it depends, I would say it is a good and noble job and your have both hard work and free time. As a teacher, I think the hardest part is to plan a lessons that could cater to the students. Different teachers will have different teaching styles and approaches but has the same objective which is to cover every learning elements for that particular year group set by the national curriculum. All for the sake of preparing the students for that one exam. Overall, I think teaching is interesting and rewarding to a certain extent, but I would really want to get myself involved in a profession I dreamed of in engineering and consulting services. 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Time to grow up

Blink blink and when you realise it, you are now a year before your working life begins. As I had work in variety of jobs such as a few temporary job in Honda Warranty, part time salesman for TMNet and also some internships in the past few years, I felt that working life is not fun at all. First of all, I will be holding great responsibilities in day to day tasks and chasing some endless deadlines. It is similar to studying, only difference is that when you are a student, you have the option to slack and fail but in a working world, you are constantly being assessed by your supervisor and I think that's a bit scary:( well until I get a job, let's put this imagination aside. Enjoy while you can :)