Elfas Chikanga

Choosing the actual lovely and reliable career is an extremely difficult assignment to effectively accomplish in everyone`s dear life. However, I carefully considered a number of factors. I confidently observed that a teaching career would mostly suit my circumstances which were nearly gloomy. Some of the salient considerations that undoubtedly won my averagely gifted mind were; employment opportunities after graduation, my financial status, training period, career`s benefits, personal desires and expected benefits for my future toddlers. It is the chief intention of the writer to critically elaborate on the above highlighted factors in detail.

Employment opportunities in Zimbabwe had become pitifully scarce. Industries had surely shut down. When my close crony updated me about the current teachers` college requirements for admission, I immensely considered the fact that soon after graduation I will be obviously employed as a permanent educator. I then decided to apply for admission at Hillside teachers` college, one of the famous institutions in Zimbabwe. I considered an essential merit that when I graduated I would freely select the province, district and even the school to work in. That freedom primarily motivated me to choose teaching as my convenient career. Numerous trained educators were needed in Zimbabwean secondary schools. Therefore, I was optimistic that I will surely acquire an occupation after graduation. The opposite is currently experienced by graduates in areas such as engineering, nursing and business studies.

The second factor that enormously affected my fairly wise decision was my family`s financial status. I came from a very impoverished family. My mother was unemployed and she survived with endurance through subsistence farming. My father had conked in 2003 and my young sisters also yearned to learn at a boarding school. A teaching career was the most reliable path for me to follow because of low tuition fees and the loans awarded to students. I knew that my mother would not be stressed up trying to search for my college fees. The student loans would greatly assist me. My mother would only source funds for transport costs, food and clothes. Considering the fact that my mother was unemployed and that no one would assist her, I realized that it was worthy for me to join the teaching career where college loans would rescue her from troublesome financial burdens.

The reasonable training period required for one to be a qualified teacher also vastly motivated me to pursue this career. As a high school graduate, I was confident that it would only take me two years to accomplish the training. Such a short and painless training career was really convenient for me considering the fact that my mother, a widowed old woman did not have the sufficient financial capabilities to send my sisters to high school. I greatly aspired to assist her paying school fees for them. With that desire in mind, I genuinely embraced the teaching career.

Furthermore, teaching has a copious of benefits that I observed from my humble neighbors and some arrogant distant relatives. I knew that I would not continuously labor till the end of the year. I was conscious that I would enjoy working five days per week and three lengthy holidays every year. I greatly anticipated enjoying these benefits. I also wanted to work in rural areas where there is free accommodation and water. Absence of transport costs incurred when travelling from school to my

abode also coerced me to pick up this humble career. I loathed a career where job opportunities would be strictly found in urban areas characterized by mercilessly expensive accommodation, transport, food and water. Teaching became the career that triumphed in my mind out of a plethora of options which were readily available for me.

Deep in the core of my sensitive heart, I really loved teaching. I wanted to play with children. Laughing and joking with young ones had successfully stolen my heart. I knew that the young minds would usually fail to perform excitedly at school due to lack of proper advice. I wanted to test the viability of my beliefs and ideas on the young ones` success. I wished to persuade the hearts of the innocent souls so that they would appreciate the importance of education. It is only at school where I will find children to educate not only the curriculum of the school, but the critical definition of life. Basing on the above explained personal wishes, I eventually decided to join teaching.

I chose teaching as a trustworthy career believing that one day I will have an immediate family to responsibly support. I despised the idea of watching my biological children travelling on foot very long and tiresome distances while going to school. I wanted to stay with my children. I was optimistic that one day my children will learn at my school. I wished to intimately monitor their academic performance and journey through working closely and persistently with their subject teachers. Nothing else would offer me such huge benefits except teaching.

Higher chances of getting a job after graduation, poor financial status, duration of the career`s training, benefits such as free accommodation, free weekends and three lengthy holidays every year, personal desires such as loving to play with innocent minds and other merits such as watching my children growing and learning were the essential factors that mostly affected my choice of a teaching career. Other career options would brutally stress up my old mother. I hated staying at a college for numerous years because I honestly wished to relieve my mother from the enormous burden of paying school fees for my young sisters. I loved the idea of enjoying three holidays every year. I personally wished to play with young ones. Finally, I knew that I will certainly get a job after graduation and because of that I eventually decided to join a teaching career.

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