Photo illustration: Mukti Mulyana
This article is part of the Teachers' Notes series on beginning teachers' career expectations.
One's life journey is coloured by challenges to help them grow, as is my current profession as a teacher.
I think a teacher should have a vision and a clear plan for the future to always be ready to do the job. The word "ready" has much meaning, including responsibility, work ethic, loyalty, and persistence in the face of challenge.
I think a teacher must be open-minded and agile in learning ever-changing things, such as online learning during this pandemic, which we had never learned before in college. We must actively add online learning references from teacher working groups, watching relevant videos on YouTube or social media, or by taking online and offline training.
When I envision myself being a teacher in the next decade, I want to be productive, be active in organisations, join seminars as a speaker or attendee, participate in competitions for both students and teachers, become a content writer on education, and get my postgraduate degree to increase my qualification.
Hopefully, I will always be able to learn from the problems and mistakes that I encounter. By looking at problems as challenges at work, I believe such a mindset will give birth to perfection in the future.
*This Note was written by EW, a primary school teacher in East Java.
**All articles published in the Teachers' Notes are the views of the authors. They have been edited for popular writing purposes and do not represent the views of RISE Programme in Indonesia or RISE's funders.