Testimonies

What people that now work in Teaching have to say about their experiences.

JobsForAstronomers: What is your current job?
Olaf: Teacher for physics and mathematics at a german Gymnasium in lower Saxony (Niedersachsen)

JobsForAstronomers: What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Olaf: I'd give it 8 out of 10 points. It is rather stressful in the beginning as I started with full work load (minus the hours spent in a seminar - qualification program that runs along). Each lesson takes 2 to 3 times the amount of teaching time to prepare right now, and so the result is sometimes unsatisfactory. But the learning curve is steep and the immediate feedback you get from the pupils is a refreshing thing. In science I used to work for weeks before I got any feedback... Also I enjoy not sitting in front of a pc all the time.

JobsForAstronomers: What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Olaf: A Diploma/Master in physics and 3 years of work experience (as a physicist)

JobsForAstronomers: What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Olaf: None so far, but there is a qualification program in parallel to the work for 18 months (5h/week)

JobsForAstronomers: What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Olaf: post-doc in experimental astro-particle physics. My age was 35.