Teaching: A Profession or Something Greater?


Teacher. What is the first word that comes to your mind when you hear this word? Somebody who has taught you in school? in all your grades? Is it just that? I believe it is something much more than this. So is Teaching a profession or something greater?

A month back I got a call for an interview. It was from a school. I readily agreed to go for that interview. People who know me would surely ask: Why a school? you’re an engineer. Try some company. They would pay you a lot more.

But was I interested in a better pay? Not one bit.

Teaching was never a profession for me. It was passion. It meant giving back to society. It meant shaping a child’s ability to believe in himself/herself. It meant giving the child the wings of imagination and creativity. It meant inspiring the child to dream and conquer. All these words might seem fabricated. But this is what the reality is.

Just think how pivotal a role does a teacher play in a child’s life. A child spends 6-7 hours every day with a teacher. Can you imagine the number of things a child can learn from this very teacher?

A child not only learns the school syllabus but also life’s most important lessons. There is no limit to the influence a teacher can have on one or many, students’ lives. The influence on a child’s social life does lessen as they mature but the lessons learnt early still have an effect on how they will interact with others in the future.

So obviously, I went for the interview. And I got selected too. The happiness was visible on my face. I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be the inspiration for my kids (as were my teachers). I wanted to be a part of a child’s life in an unforgettable way. I wanted to give my students the wings of imagination and show them a world of opportunities the way my teachers had shown me.

And so my journey began.

I am now not only a teacher for class 1 and class 4. But most importantly, an educator, inspiration and a guide to all my students.



  1. You’re most welcome Swati. I am glad you did. And I am so sure that you are a wonderful teacher.

  2. I agreed on the same as I am somewhere doing the same thing in life.. Though I am a trainer not a teacher but feelings remains the same as you described.

  3. Lovely shalaka. The article as well as your spirit and enthusiasm towards teaching both are worth appreciating. πŸ–€

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