can a young teacher make his\her way to the labor market? Nowadays this
question is very actual and important, because the situation is such that most institute
and university graduates have difficulties in finding a job. I am now a
fifth-year-student of Salavat pedagogical college, and teaching English and
German is my future profession. Time flies, and I will soon graduate college,
so it is natural that I started to think about my career and the place of work,
especially after my training at the secondary school, where we, the young, have
run into this problem. Now I understand better why young specialists try to avoid
working as teachers, and I would like you, my Reader, to reflect with me on
this vital issue...
aim of my paper is to find an answer to the questions why most graduates have
problems with finding a place to work, and why do they have to work in the sphere
other than educational. I dare say that now when I have returned to college
from the teaching practice in a secondary school I have more experience and I know
the problem from inside.
why is it so difficult for the young to get a job nowadays? In my opinion, one
of the reasons for that lies in their being not competitive enough at the labor
market. Of course, they have no experience and professional training (and where
can all this come from if they are just graduates?), while the market economy
makes high demands to workers. Young workers should be more independent and
responsible, more enterprising and creative. But even if young people possess
all these qualities, they have unstable vital foundations; they have no length
of service and, consequently, experience of work. As a result, the young have a
low professional status. It is clear now why headmasters do not want to take
young specialists to the staff. They trust more to teachers who have worked at
school for many years. But if a young person is lucky enough to be given a job
of a teacher, very often he\she doesn’t get well with the staff. Sometimes young
teachers can be too emotional and unstable in their behavior, which proves their
social immaturity. Of course, not all young people are such, but this
stereotype influences their placement negatively.Luckily for me, the working atmosphere at
school where I trained as a teacher was very positive. However, it is rather an
exception than a rule.
it is not conditions of work that worry us, young specialists. First of all, we
should think how to find a job. In spite of the fact that young people are the
most perspective group of a workforce, we, the young, are at risk of
unemployment because of the labor market’s oversaturation. Educational
institutions keep on producing teachers, though there is no place for them at
schools. Even if a young specialist manages to get a job at school, sometimes he
cannot work there because it may be far from his house: in another town or
village. But are there any perspectives at villages’ schools? Nothing of the
kind. A young teacher can’t improve his qualification there. Moreover, I think
every young specialist wants to work with new technologies, and in most
villages it is hardly possible.
else prevents a young specialist from getting a job? Sometimes it may be a low level
of quality of his education that makes him not competitive at the labor market.
But I know that some graduates of our college can’t find a work on their
specialization, and that, of course, influences their professional formation:
they lose hope to make a career, and not only hope: they lose their knowledge
and language skills. Would I have chosen the profession of the foreign language
teacher after graduating school, if I had been aware of my future problems at the
labor market? I am not sure of the answer. Today, if we ask a student of our
college where he is going to work after
graduation, it won’t be a surprise to hear that some of them do not want to be
teachers saying this profession is not perspective, low-paid, and risky.
Nowadays priority is given to financial and material benefits, but, to their
opinion, the profession of a teacher can’t give both. But I think there are a
lot of advantages of being a teacher, especially now when the world crisis has
caused unemployment in all spheres and more and more people are being dismissed
from their work places, the teachers’ situation is more stable, and they are
not afraid of losing their job.
now it is high time, my Reader, to think of the possible ways of solution of
the problems discussed above. It’s natural that we, young people, have no clear
idea how to solve all these problems, that’s why it would be right if we
interviewed someone who is more experienced in this sphere. Let me introduce a
person who knows the educational system from inside. Nailya (Nailevna) Shayakhmetova
has worked at Salavat Teaching Training College for many years, so who knows better
about the fates of its graduates? Nailya Nailevna admitted the problem of labor
market’s oversaturation, but said that we shouldn’t lose hope to get a job of a
teacher. She told us to write a good resume and send it to schools, and we
should do it immediately, long before the graduation. If there are any vacancies
at schools they will invite us. But she warned that it will be more difficult
to find a job in Salavat than in other towns and villages. Taking into
considerations the crisis, Nailya Nailevna advises us to continue our education
as full-day students of higher educational institutions.
experienced teacher pointed out some tips which may be rather helpful when a
young specialist comes to an employer for the interview. It is known that
employers take more communicative, confident, creative and enterprising people.
That is why it is necessary to attend some special courses, where students will
be taught how to behave at the labor market, how to present themselves, fill up
documents. Every summer the students of our college work as a leader in a camp.
It is a very good training, but there are so many documents to fill and some
students became confused as they didn’t know how to do it. Of course, it can
influence how a staff will accept a new worker.
on advantages and disadvantages of the profession of a teacher I should mention
some points which make young specialists choose other jobs. The profession of a
teacher is so low-paid! What can be done? It’s only up to our government to
solve this problem. Everybody knows that it is very difficult to work with
children nowadays, and not everyone can deal with them. So the young do not
want to work at school because the process of children’s upbringing leaves much
to be desired. But I think it is a rewarding job, and if it were prestigious, young
people would be motivated to work with children.
No doubt the situation at the labor market is
not favourable for young teachers. The market’s oversaturation leads to lack of
vacancies at schools; a distrustful attitude of most employers to young
specialists, some young teachers’ inadequate behaviour at school and the world
crisis are like a barricade which young people are to overcome on their life
way. But something should be done to destroy this barricade! Of course, something
is being done. Foe example, in September there was a republic action "Jobs for Youth!”
organized on the initiative of the Committee on Youth’s Affairs in the Republic
Bashkortostan. Some institutions and organizations offered vacancies for young,
energetic and creative specialists, and we could get a lot of helpful
information about professions. We had a chance to consult lawyers about our
rights and duties. It’s great, but not enough! We, the young, hope that our
government will keep on working over this problem and help us to realize ourselves
on a career path. We are expecting new educational reforms in Russia in 2010,
which has been announced as Teachers’ Year!