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My Job Shadow
Transcript of My Job Shadow
1. The social aspects, Mr. Fall loves the parts of his job where he interacts with people who like the same things as him.
2. Working with students, also very social, and is an important part of being a good teacher.
3. Learning the delicate process of teaching, and designing curriculum
Least Favorite Aspects:
1. Cheating. This ties in with plagiarism, and is an unfortunately ever present problem.
2. Plagiarism is dealt with very seriously in University, and can have very serious implications on ones career.
3. Grading/marking takes a long time, when Mr. Fall could be engaging in the parts of his job he likes. What I Learned From my Job Shadow Experience On my Job Shadow experience, I learned quite a bit about what it's like to teach a University level class. In one of my interview questions, I asked, "If you could go back to school, what would you do differently?"
Mr. Fall said, "...Put a little more effort into finding out what was actually going on, as opposed to just trying to get a “A." This is definitely a philosophy I need to start to employ. Do I Want This Job? What Mr. Fall does is definitely in the same genre of work that I want to do: working with technology. Whereas Mr. Fall is a programmer, I want to get into a more hands-on career, more focused on the Engineering aspects of tech. However, Engineering and Programming come hand in hand, and while I don't want to do exactly what Mr. Fall does, I might have to take many of his classes.
Of course, teaching is almost mandatory when someone works at a University, which is something I'm not very comfortable with. Surprising Facts There were quite a few things that surprised me on my Job Shadow day. First of all, just how similar the Capilano University campus is to Seycove: Education Required Like the rules on salary, the rules for education requirements changes a lot depending on what you are doing and which institution you work at. According to Mr. Fall, to teach Computer Science at Capilano University, you need a minimum of a masters degree. Now that Capilano has become a University, the details of the hiring polices have changed slightly, but the general requirement is still that one needs a masters degree. Type of Person this Job Might Appeal To Programming as a career option requires quite a bit of focus, patience, and skill. From what I hear, a programmer spends a lot of time searching for that one semi-colon that makes your code crash. However, Mr. Fall doesn't spend most of his time writing code, he spends it teaching. For this aspect of his job, you also need to be very patient, but you also need very good people skills, or you students will not want to learn. Of course, someone interested in this line of work will need lots of computer expertize, and the willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer screen. Mr. Fall's working area Here, Mr. Fall helps a student edit a document of code that was just turned in for grading. Also, just how much time a teacher puts into each lecture. Mr. Fall told me that he spends about four hours preparing for a 1.5 hour lecture. However, he sometimes reuses lectures, in which case he only spends an hour reviewing.
When I asked Mr. Fall how an average day looks, he said that he spends about two hours every day meeting with students, I was very surprised to hear this, as this would almost never happen is a high school. When I sat through a couple of Mr. Fall's classes, I noted that his classes were very small, maybe 20-25, this came as a shock to me, because my experience of University classes so far had been solely of 200-400 person lectures. For my Job Shadow Experience, I shadowed a teacher of Computer Science at Capilano University