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It’s a thrilling experience to walk across the stage to receive your college diploma. However, graduating requires some major decision making. Where will you live? Where will you work? What job will you find the most fulfilling? Related: Why Teaching Is Not A Back-Up Career If you have decided that you want to become a teacher, then you can look forward to a satisfying teaching career enriching the lives of youth. But it's not as simple as applying for any position that looks interesting and waiting to hear back from an administrator. The path to becoming a teacher is rigorous, and you need to meet specific state certification requirements as well as compete for your desirable position. Here are some tips to jump-start your teaching career:

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Teachers are some of the most important people in our lives, and collectively, they make tremendous contributions to the education system, and in turn, to our country’s future. Because of this, they must be educated and prepared to work with students. Related: 5 Ways Teachers Can Earn Some Extra Cash While teaching requires incredible perseverance, creativity, and passion, becoming a teacher is not as daunting as it may initially seem. These five important steps provide a clear overview of what it takes to become a teacher:

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Although recent graduates haven’t been leaving their colleges and universities with optimistic predictions about finding the jobs of their dreams, the current situation on the job market looks promising. According to the latest estimations, 90% of the graduates of class of 2008-09 (which finished their studies at the onset of the crisis) have been employed. Related: 6 Job Search Tips For New Graduates The largest graduate employers are assured that recruitment opportunities for graduates are improving with a steady pace. The chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, Stephen Isherwood, recognizes that the market is still tough, but many employers are willing to invest in graduate talent.

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If you can’t do, teach and if you can’t teach, you teach gym. Or at least that’s the way the old saying goes. But really there are plenty of teachers out there who can do, they have just chosen a different path. And in some cases the reason they can’t do is because there just aren’t enough jobs in the profession. So having a back-up plan is a great idea. Fortunately there is a back-up plan that anyone can put down, if they have any degree: Teaching. Of course the process takes a little planning, unless the degree you have already left you certified to teach in the state you are in. But in terms of a back-up plan it doesn’t take much to go from one job to teaching. Here's how to turn a job into a teaching position if you're looking for a change.

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Educational systems are always evolving and require educators to be aware of new teaching techniques and initiatives on a weekly basis. This is why professional development, or PD, is essential for career advancement and enhancement of teaching skills. In the conventional approach, PD takes into account the curriculum currently in progress at the school or university, or the coursework that will be taught in the next semester, but what about online teachers?

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