My aspirations as a youth never once crossed the path of teaching, and yet here I am nearly 23 years after first having walked to the front of a classroom to teach.
As the world around me and my own knowledge of it continues to evolve and grow, I often wonder where the road I am on will lead me in the next year let alone the next five years. Do I still see myself as an instructor of adult education? Are there other opportunities I want to pursue while I am still young enough to do so? The answer is yes to both. I thoroughly enjoy the career that I currently have, teaching international nurses medical terminology and preparing them for their nursing studies here in Canada, but I also think a bit of a shake up might do me good and push me in a yet uncharted direction with opportunities for new knowledge, learning hurdles, and unforeseen goals to be set and met.
One way that I know I will continue to evolve personally and professionally is by continuing to be a student myself. Over the years that I've been studying the PIDP at VCC, I have come to learn so much about myself and the ways that I communicate with people on a multitude of levels. I understand better the needs of my students and ways that I am able to fulfill those needs, and realize how I can fill my own needs through better understanding the underlying framework of who I am and what I do. Reflective Journaling goes much further than the classroom, and life has become much more meaningful as a result.
With my Capstone quickly approaching on the horizon, I see myself looking to new horizons with the knowledge that I have gained through years of teaching and learning. With the coursework load that I have had, and life changes that I have gone through over the past few years, there hasn't been much time or opportunity to branch out and take on more meaningful work, but that is something that I am very interested in doing as I have long wanted to be able to give something to members of society who need it the most, whether through volunteer work or job change.
I believe that the next year or two will be a pivotal point for me, and I myself am interested to see where I will be in the next five years.
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