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TEACHER/DOCTORAL STUDENT: After Serving In The Army, Decided To Pursue Teaching & Grad School

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Samuel, an army veteran, full-time faculty member and doctoral student of education, divides his week into teaching college classes, and then reading & writing for his own studies. Even if you don't know what you want to do, recognize opportunities when they come along.

School: University of Illinois ; Millikin University ; Millikin University - University of Illinois
Degree: Education - Transnational History
Job Title: Teacher & Doctoral Student

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

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Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

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Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. Instead, schools may seek workers who have experience or certification in the field they wish to teach.

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$30,000 - $130,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Office, Indoor
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Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='14510'>and</span> <span m='14850'>I</span> <span m='15360'>teach</span> <span m='16680'>Monday,</span> <span m='17490'>Wednesday</span> <span m='18030'>and</span> <span m='18210'>Friday</span> <span m='18675'>from about</span> <span m='19140'>9:00</span> <span m='20042'>to</span> <span m='22300'>3:00</span> <span m='22580'>in</span> <span m='22630'>the</span> <span m='22770'>afternoon.</span> <span m='24050'>Tuesdays</span> <span m='24650'>and</span> <span m='24790'>Thursdays</span> <span m='25260'>are</span> <span m='25330'>typically</span> <span m='26880'>reserved</span> <span m='27210'>for</span> <span m='27400'>writing</span> <span m='28270'>and</span> <span m='28520'>doing</span> <span m='28800'>research</span> <span m='29290'>activities.</span> </p><p><span m='30680'>I</span> <span m='30900'>had</span> <span m='31060'>a</span> <span m='31110'>very</span> <span m='32369'>roundabout</span> <span m='32940'>career</span> <span m='33290'>path.</span> <span m='34160'>I</span> <span m='34470'>started</span> <span m='34980'>out</span> <span m='35970'>an</span> <span m='36170'>undergraduate</span> <span m='36950'>at a</span> <span m='37000'>private</span> <span m='37550'>liberal</span> <span m='37920'>arts</span> <span m='38170'>institution,</span> <span m='38515'>Millikin</span> <span m='38860'>University,</span> <span m='40520'>and</span> <span m='41560'>ended up</span> <span m='41600'>joining</span> <span m='42100'>the</span> <span m='42170'>military.</span> <span m='42920'>So I</span> <span m='43312'>did about</span> <span m='44490'>eight</span> <span m='44760'>years</span> <span m='45160'>of</span> <span m='45700'>infantry</span> <span m='46110'>in</span> <span m='46320'>the</span> <span m='46470'>army.</span> <span m='47120'>And</span> <span m='47270'>then</span> <span m='47430'>after</span> <span m='49910'>my</span> <span m='50040'>time</span> <span m='50360'>was</span> <span m='50500'>up,</span> <span m='51250'>I</span> <span m='51650'>enrolled</span> <span m='52050'>in</span> <span m='52330'>a</span> <span m='52610'>graduate</span> <span m='53080'>program</span> <span m='53700'>at</span> <span m='53840'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='54290'>University,</span> <span m='54740'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='56540'>and</span> <span m='56990'>in</span> <span m='57440'>education.</span> <span m='58190'>I</span> <span m='58250'>started</span> <span m='58560'>working</span> <span m='58920'>in an</span> <span m='59280'>East St. Louis</span> <span m='59850'>charter</span> <span m='60140'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='61220'>And</span> <span m='61400'>then</span> <span m='61640'>subsequently</span> <span m='62330'>I</span> <span m='62390'>went</span> <span m='62630'>on</span> <span m='62790'>to</span> <span m='62850'>pursue</span> <span m='63140'>a</span> <span m='63220'>master's</span> <span m='63730'>in</span> <span m='63840'>transnational</span> <span m='64550'>history,</span> <span m='65670'>and</span> <span m='66770'>just</span> <span m='67100'>working</span> <span m='67430'>in</span> <span m='67540'>education</span> <span m='68170'>really</span> <span m='68450'>got</span> <span m='68680'>me</span> <span m='68820'>thinking</span> <span m='69217'>about</span> <span m='70510'>other</span> <span m='70620'>opportunities</span> <span m='71730'>that</span> <span m='72212'>could be</span> <span m='72694'>available</span> <span m='73176'>for,</span> <span m='75590'>typically,</span> <span m='76440'>students</span> <span m='76830'>of</span> <span m='76930'>color.</span> <span m='77740'>And</span> <span m='77920'>so</span> <span m='78060'>I</span> <span m='78210'>decided</span> <span m='78790'>to</span> <span m='79460'>pursue</span> <span m='79880'>a</span> <span m='80110'>doctorate</span> <span m='80620'>program</span> <span m='81250'>at</span> <span m='81340'>the</span> <span m='81400'>University</span> <span m='81900'>of Illinois.</span> <span m='82818'>And that's</span> <span m='84195'>kind of</span> <span m='84654'>where</span> <span m='85113'>I'm at</span> <span m='85572'>right now.</span> <span m='92180'>What</span> <span m='92510'>was</span> <span m='92700'>one</span> <span m='92910'>thing</span> <span m='93120'>that I</span> <span m='93260'>wish</span> <span m='93550'>I</span> <span m='93620'>knew</span> <span m='93880'>when</span> <span m='94040'>I</span> <span m='94090'>started</span> <span m='94490'>my</span> <span m='94640'>career?</span> </p><p><span m='96880'>I</span> <span m='97070'>wish</span> <span m='98050'>that</span> <span m='98510'>I</span> <span m='98720'>knew</span> <span m='99430'>how</span> <span m='99840'>to</span> <span m='101010'>pursue</span> <span m='101520'>opportunities.</span> <span m='103030'>I</span> <span m='103170'>wish</span> <span m='103460'>that</span> <span m='103980'>I</span> <span m='104400'>had</span> <span m='104950'>known</span> <span m='105380'>how</span> <span m='105650'>to</span> <span m='105800'>better</span> <span m='106110'>prepare,</span> <span m='107080'>because</span> <span m='107360'>it's</span> <span m='107540'>not</span> <span m='107800'>just</span> <span m='108910'>that</span> <span m='109100'>you know</span> <span m='109530'>these</span> <span m='109960'>skills,</span> <span m='112280'>or</span> <span m='112600'>that</span> <span m='112790'>you</span> <span m='112980'>can</span> <span m='114510'>just</span> <span m='114860'>know</span> <span m='115160'>exactly</span> <span m='115680'>what</span> <span m='115870'>it</span> <span m='115970'>is</span> <span m='116180'>that</span> <span m='116330'>you</span> <span m='116440'>want</span> <span m='116670'>to</span> <span m='116740'>do,</span> <span m='116990'>and</span> <span m='117090'>you</span> <span m='117200'>pursue</span> <span m='117600'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='118180'>But</span> <span m='118430'>often it is</span> <span m='119845'>that</span> <span m='120340'>you're</span> <span m='120630'>able</span> <span m='120880'>to</span> <span m='120950'>shape</span> <span m='121800'>and</span> <span m='122450'>craft</span> <span m='122820'>those</span> <span m='123040'>skills,</span> <span m='123570'>and</span> <span m='123710'>when</span> <span m='123860'>the</span> <span m='123940'>opportunities</span> <span m='124800'>present</span> <span m='125200'>themselves,</span> <span m='126160'>and</span> <span m='126330'>even</span> <span m='126600'>knowing</span> <span m='126860'>how</span> <span m='127050'>to</span> <span m='127180'>recognize</span> <span m='127770'>an</span> <span m='127870'>opportunity</span> <span m='128550'>when</span> <span m='128750'>it</span> <span m='128870'>becomes</span> <span m='129310'>available</span> <span m='130289'>is</span> <span m='130380'>something</span> <span m='130759'>that's</span> <span m='130990'>important</span> <span m='131350'>to--</span> <span m='132590'>I'd</span> <span m='132960'>say</span> <span m='133220'>that's</span> <span m='133400'>one of</span> <span m='134380'>the</span> <span m='134670'>most</span> <span m='134930'>important</span> <span m='135250'>things</span> <span m='135470'>that</span> <span m='136030'>I</span> <span m='136180'>wish</span> <span m='136450'>I</span> <span m='136540'>did</span> <span m='136870'>know,</span> <span m='137246'>is</span> <span m='138000'>how</span> <span m='138190'>to</span> <span m='138290'>recognize</span> <span m='138565'>an</span> <span m='138840'>opportunity</span> <span m='139610'>when</span> <span m='139780'>it</span> <span m='139870'>comes</span> <span m='140150'>along.</span> <span m='143160'>That's</span> <span m='143650'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227226,"video_id":"2701028626001","name":"65027915","duration":144020,"thumbnail_url":null}});