Choosing Classes to Develop Employee Skills

An important factor to consider in choosing your classes is how employers will view the skills you have developed during your college experience. How will you select classes to develop the skills employers expect? What other activities might you engage in during your college experience to develop these skills?

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I plan on being a high school teacher when I have completed my bachelors. In the state of Texas, you cannot simply get an education degree. In fact, you must get a degree in a specific area that you would like to teach. Of course, there are no psychology classes in high school, but a minor in psychology could be to my advantage in high schools these days. I think that the school district would see a minor in psychology as an asset rather than a liability.

To teach in Texas you must have many, many hours of on the job training before they give you your own classroom. I could start this training before I graduate. Texas has a system set up where I could get my certification and on the job training while I am completing my bachelor degree. I will probably wait until I have graduated before I start that training though. Last year I home-schooled my oldest daughter through fourth grade. This year I am homeschooling my youngest daughter through kindergarten, in order to give her a head start. Next year I will be homeschooling my son, the youngest, through kindergarten. So for the foreseeable future, I will be teaching my young children. I think that school districts will also see that as an asset. All in all, I do not think I am going about my education the ideal way but rather the way that is workable for my position in life at this point.

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Nevid, J.S., Rathus, S.A. (2005). Psychology and the challenges of life: Adjustment in the new millennium. Danvers, M.A.: Wiley.

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