When I finished from my graduate program I was interested in teaching as an adjunct professor at my local community college. I had a romantic vision of going back to the place where I started my education to help the students who are in a similar position and help inspire them to earn their bachelors degree like a community college professor did for me.
Teaching a course at community college is not about making a lot of money or prestige. I doubt I gain either of those. It’s not the best use of my time if I’m interested in maximizing my hourly earnings. Teaching would provide a small stipend but it’s probably not nearly enough to justify the necessary time commitment. Are the benefits to teaching enough to justify the sacrifice of my time?
What are the benefits?
There are a number of other valuable traits gained from teaching. The main value would be the opportunity to improve my public speaking and composure in front of a crowd. I’m sure teaching a weekly three-hour long night courses would be excellent practice. Plus, It would be a good item to put on my resume and it will allow me to improve my skills by teaching others what I know.
I think I’m going to apply and check out if there is an opportunity for someone with my skillset and what kind of commitment (courses a semester) I would need to give to the school. Time will be the deciding factor on whether or not I try to go down this path.