When I started my undergraduate degree in chemistry, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. However, after one semester of studying I realized that I wanted to be a professor, specifically in mathematics. The idea of explaining a concept to a class, demonstrating it to them, and then evaluating their knowledge of the concept was fascinating to me. I ended up graduating with a degree in mathematics and computing science, which was very different to what I started studying in. When I began my Master’s degree, I was still fixed on the idea of teaching, but I was unsure how to get into the field. I was lucky enough to be approached during my studies by one of my professors in regards to teaching a class! This is how my teaching career began. I am now teaching in a full-time permanent position (in computer business systems as opposed to mathematics) but this is not the end of my career goals.
I would eventually like to transition into teaching mathematics and statistics for business students which I was able to do for a semester while another instructor was sick. While I’m waiting for this transition to take place I have been completing the Provincial Instructor Diploma to improve my teaching skills, knowledge, and attitudes. I will eventually begin a PhD in adult education, possibly in September next year. If there is any sort of delay starting the PhD I may also complete a Microsoft Office Specialist designation as it is related to the current field I am teaching in. So that’s my five year plan!