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PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION: Teaching Future Community College Teachers

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Lisa is a coordinator for the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, as well as a professor of education. In addition to teaching, she also researches and speaks with different teachers and institutional leaders around Australia. She tells us that she wishes she knew when she was young that school is very different from college, and that is what she tells everyone today.

Job Title: Graduate Education Coordinator
Employer: Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Job Summary: Postsecondary Teachers

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

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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Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='12470'>So</span> <span m='12820'>what</span> <span m='12960'>do</span> <span m='13040'>I</span> <span m='13130'>do</span> <span m='13320'>on</span> <span m='13440'>a</span> <span m='13970'>typical</span> <span m='14510'>day</span> <span m='14890'>or</span> <span m='15140'>week?</span> <span m='15930'>Many</span> <span m='16280'>things,</span> <span m='16590'>and it's</span> <span m='17050'>sometimes</span> <span m='17520'>hard</span> <span m='17760'>to</span> <span m='17850'>actually</span> <span m='18150'>know</span> <span m='18390'>what</span> <span m='18560'>I</span> <span m='18640'>do.</span> <span m='18950'>But</span> <span m='19920'>I</span> <span m='20310'>prepare</span> <span m='20660'>classes.</span> <span m='22190'>I</span> <span m='22880'>talk</span> <span m='23150'>to</span> <span m='23220'>students.</span> <span m='24060'>I</span> <span m='24330'>mark</span> <span m='24470'>essays.</span> <span m='25410'>I</span> <span m='25450'>deliver</span> <span m='25570'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='26920'>I</span> <span m='27340'>prepare</span> <span m='27830'>conference</span> <span m='28270'>papers.</span> <span m='28670'>I</span> <span m='28800'>often</span> <span m='29190'>talk</span> <span m='29460'>to</span> <span m='29580'>the</span> <span m='29680'>media</span> <span m='30960'>about</span> <span m='31240'>my</span> <span m='31380'>research.</span> <span m='32960'>I</span> <span m='33060'>research.</span> <span m='33680'>I</span> <span m='33780'>go</span> <span m='35020'>to</span> <span m='35180'>different</span> <span m='35530'>states</span> <span m='35930'>in</span> <span m='36080'>Australia</span> <span m='36550'>to</span> <span m='36680'>talk</span> <span m='37050'>to</span> <span m='37170'>people,</span> <span m='37950'>other</span> <span m='38820'>community</span> <span m='39120'>college</span> <span m='39470'>teachers,</span> <span m='40060'>community</span> <span m='40340'>college</span> <span m='40640'>students,</span> <span m='42650'>their</span> <span m='42920'>institutional</span> <span m='43330'>leaders.</span> </p><p><span m='44060'>So</span> <span m='44530'>I</span> <span m='44640'>have</span> <span m='44860'>a</span> <span m='44900'>very</span> <span m='45315'>varied</span> <span m='45730'>career.</span> <span m='46650'>It's</span> <span m='46900'>a</span> <span m='46930'>very</span> <span m='47330'>good one.</span> <span m='47450'>And</span> <span m='47830'>I</span> <span m='47890'>would</span> <span m='48070'>highly</span> <span m='48280'>recommend</span> <span m='48700'>it</span> <span m='49160'>to</span> <span m='49580'>students</span> <span m='50030'>who</span> <span m='50190'>are considering</span> <span m='50510'>what they</span> <span m='50992'>should do</span> <span m='51474'>in the future.</span> </p><p><span m='53890'>What's</span> <span m='54150'>my</span> <span m='54320'>career</span> <span m='54620'>educational</span> <span m='54900'>path?</span> <span m='55450'>Well,</span> <span m='55760'>I'm</span> <span m='56280'>a</span> <span m='56300'>little bit</span> <span m='56500'>different.</span> <span m='57120'>I</span> <span m='57300'>left</span> <span m='57580'>school</span> <span m='57670'>when</span> <span m='57880'>I was</span> <span m='58090'>15.</span> <span m='59470'>And</span> <span m='60220'>I</span> <span m='60480'>did</span> <span m='60670'>a</span> <span m='60720'>whole</span> <span m='60930'>lot</span> <span m='61070'>of</span> <span m='61150'>different</span> <span m='61500'>jobs,</span> <span m='61810'>including</span> <span m='62260'>working</span> <span m='62420'>in</span> <span m='62790'>bars,</span> <span m='63530'>working</span> <span m='63950'>in</span> <span m='64120'>offices,</span> <span m='65200'>a</span> <span m='65510'>whole</span> <span m='65820'>range</span> <span m='66090'>of</span> <span m='66130'>different</span> <span m='66440'>jobs</span> <span m='66690'>like</span> <span m='66940'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='67780'>I</span> <span m='67960'>decided</span> <span m='68500'>when</span> <span m='68680'>I</span> <span m='68770'>was</span> <span m='69000'>29</span> <span m='69590'>that</span> <span m='69740'>I</span> <span m='69810'>needed</span> <span m='70100'>to</span> <span m='70190'>get</span> <span m='71200'>an</span> <span m='71350'>educational</span> <span m='71950'>qualification.</span> <span m='72790'>So</span> <span m='72960'>that's</span> <span m='73200'>when</span> <span m='73340'>I</span> <span m='73400'>started</span> <span m='73770'>studying,</span> <span m='74035'>when</span> <span m='74300'>I</span> <span m='74670'>had</span> <span m='74720'>two</span> <span m='74770'>small</span> <span m='75090'>children.</span> <span m='75950'>It was</span> <span m='76080'>very</span> <span m='76290'>difficult.</span> <span m='76980'>But</span> <span m='77460'>it</span> <span m='77600'>changed</span> <span m='77900'>my</span> <span m='78250'>life.</span> <span m='78840'>It</span> <span m='79120'>transformed</span> <span m='79445'>my</span> <span m='79770'>life</span> <span m='79870'>and</span> <span m='80155'>gave</span> <span m='80440'>me</span> <span m='80893'>possibilities</span> <span m='81346'>that I</span> <span m='81800'>wouldn't</span> <span m='82055'>have had</span> <span m='82310'>otherwise.</span> </p><p><span m='83650'>So</span> <span m='83985'>from there,</span> <span m='84320'>I</span> <span m='84480'>started</span> <span m='84900'>teaching</span> <span m='85165'>in</span> <span m='85430'>the</span> <span m='85580'>equivalent</span> <span m='86026'>of a</span> <span m='86472'>community</span> <span m='86918'>college.</span> <span m='87364'>And from there,</span> <span m='87810'>I</span> <span m='88256'>became</span> <span m='88702'>an</span> <span m='89148'>academic</span> <span m='89600'>in a</span> <span m='89740'>university.</span> <span m='90680'>And</span> <span m='90810'>the</span> <span m='90880'>rest</span> <span m='91170'>is</span> <span m='91617'>history,</span> <span m='92064'>so</span> <span m='92511'>the</span> <span m='92960'>say.</span> </p><p><span m='93520'>What</span> <span m='93690'>do</span> <span m='93790'>I</span> <span m='93910'>wish</span> <span m='94500'>I</span> <span m='94610'>knew</span> <span m='94840'>when</span> <span m='95000'>I</span> <span m='95080'>started</span> <span m='95530'>my career?</span> <span m='95830'>I</span> <span m='95960'>wish</span> <span m='96180'>that I</span> <span m='96290'>knew</span> <span m='96700'>that</span> <span m='96880'>college</span> <span m='97220'>was</span> <span m='97560'>nothing</span> <span m='97690'>like</span> <span m='97840'>school.</span> <span m='98550'>I</span> <span m='98920'>wish</span> <span m='99090'>I'd</span> <span m='99340'>known</span> <span m='99550'>that.</span> <span m='100160'>That's</span> <span m='100380'>one</span> <span m='100570'>thing</span> <span m='100750'>that</span> <span m='100930'>took</span> <span m='101180'>me</span> <span m='101410'>so</span> <span m='101450'>long</span> <span m='102160'>to</span> <span m='102300'>go</span> <span m='102480'>back.</span> <span m='102800'>Because</span> <span m='103160'>I</span> <span m='103250'>thought,</span> <span m='103540'>why</span> <span m='103740'>would</span> <span m='103940'>I</span> <span m='103980'>go</span> <span m='104220'>back.</span> <span m='104580'>I</span> <span m='104690'>hated</span> <span m='105010'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='105930'>And</span> <span m='106110'>when</span> <span m='106290'>I</span> <span m='106350'>went</span> <span m='106600'>back,</span> <span m='106980'>I</span> <span m='107240'>found</span> <span m='107300'>it was</span> <span m='107490'>nothing</span> <span m='107940'>like school,</span> <span m='108390'>that</span> <span m='108640'>it</span> <span m='108720'>could</span> <span m='108880'>actually</span> <span m='109270'>open</span> <span m='109630'>up</span> <span m='109830'>opportunities</span> <span m='110220'>for</span> <span m='110610'>me,</span> <span m='110935'>rather than</span> <span m='111260'>shut them</span> <span m='111710'>down.</span> <span m='112060'>So</span> <span m='112460'>I</span> <span m='112780'>give</span> <span m='112990'>that</span> <span m='113170'>message</span> <span m='113490'>to</span> <span m='113660'>everyone.</span> <span m='113810'>They</span> <span m='114150'>treat</span> <span m='114450'>you</span> <span m='115100'>differently</span> <span m='115520'>at</span> <span m='116310'>college,</span> <span m='117070'>than</span> <span m='117260'>at</span> <span m='117575'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='118870'>What</span> <span m='119070'>advice</span> <span m='119190'>and</span> <span m='119610'>suggestions</span> <span m='119670'>have</span> <span m='120090'>I got?</span> <span m='120540'>I</span> <span m='120690'>think</span> <span m='121270'>the</span> <span m='121570'>key</span> <span m='121830'>advice</span> <span m='121920'>that</span> <span m='122340'>I've</span> <span m='122590'>got</span> <span m='122790'>to all</span> <span m='123290'>students</span> <span m='123790'>is that</span> <span m='123940'>they</span> <span m='124270'>should</span> <span m='124520'>do</span> <span m='124710'>what</span> <span m='124930'>they</span> <span m='125100'>like.</span> <span m='126010'>They</span> <span m='126110'>should</span> <span m='126390'>not</span> <span m='126590'>do</span> <span m='127250'>a</span> <span m='127720'>course</span> <span m='128130'>at</span> <span m='128320'>college</span> <span m='128690'>because</span> <span m='129470'>they</span> <span m='129610'>think</span> <span m='129880'>that it</span> <span m='129970'>will</span> <span m='130304'>get them</span> <span m='130639'>a job.</span> </p><p><span m='131290'>If</span> <span m='131480'>they're</span> <span m='131580'>doing</span> <span m='131840'>something</span> <span m='132150'>they</span> <span m='132400'>hate,</span> <span m='133090'>they</span> <span m='133180'>won't</span> <span m='133450'>do</span> <span m='133590'>very</span> <span m='133800'>well</span> <span m='134190'>at</span> <span m='134500'>it.</span> <span m='134660'>Employers</span> <span m='135100'>are</span> <span m='135170'>much</span> <span m='135470'>more</span> <span m='135660'>interested</span> <span m='135965'>in</span> <span m='136270'>graduates</span> <span m='136770'>who</span> <span m='136940'>have</span> <span m='137150'>got</span> <span m='137820'>really</span> <span m='138110'>good</span> <span m='138540'>results</span> <span m='139100'>from</span> <span m='140050'>even</span> <span m='140380'>strange</span> <span m='140900'>types</span> <span m='141230'>of</span> <span m='141310'>courses,</span> <span m='141770'>because</span> <span m='141980'>it</span> <span m='142280'>shows</span> <span m='142490'>that</span> <span m='142600'>they</span> <span m='142740'>have a</span> <span m='142950'>passion.</span> <span m='143290'>They're</span> <span m='143630'>interested.</span> <span m='144010'>And</span> <span m='144150'>they</span> <span m='144330'>can really</span> <span m='144645'>keep going</span> <span m='144960'>with it.</span> <span m='145190'>So</span> <span m='145560'>my</span> <span m='145830'>advice</span> <span m='146180'>to</span> <span m='146290'>students</span> <span m='146735'>is</span> <span m='147180'>to</span> <span m='147560'>follow</span> <span m='147700'>their</span> <span m='148000'>hearts. </span> </p>","file":{"id":227234,"video_id":"2708218596001","name":"65512914","duration":148863,"thumbnail_url":null}});