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Spring Verdure Issue (May)

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A sense of responsibility and passion towards education―
Qualities which are required in any age

Shuichi Nakano
Teacher Employment Advisor, School of Education

In this article "Career Compass," we hear the latest job-hunting information and how they generally perceive involvement in job-hunting from people in charge of recruitment. In this edition we discussed the qualities required in teachers with Mr. Shuichi Nakano, who works as a Teacher Employment Advisor at Waseda University.

Conviction as an educator can overcome obstacles

As globalization and informatization spread rapidly in today's society, teachers are also expected to possess qualities which match the current age. A report issued by the Educational Personnel Training Council in 1997 describes "qualities and abilities of particular importance in the future" as "qualities and abilities for acting with a global perspective" and "qualities and abilities required of working professionals that live in changing times." For this reason, I hope that current university students will participate in club and volunteer activities in order to engage in face-to-face interaction with people from a variety of positions and age groups. Encountering diverse values will broaden your perspectives, as well as improve your communication ability and problem-solving ability.

However, regardless of the times, the most important quality is to feel happiness in teaching someone, in supporting children and in overseeing the growth of individuals. If such things don't make you feel fulfilled, you will have difficulty passing the employment examination and will falter once you actually enter the teaching field. Before pursuing a career in education, it is first necessary to carefully discern your own nature.

Furthermore, based on the quality discussed above, I hope that you will establish firm belief as an educator. The report by the Educational Personnel Training Council listed "qualities and abilities required in any age" as a sense of responsibility as an educator, deep understanding of human growth and development, and an educational affection for children. Education is a foundation which supports the growth of nations and societies. I hope that teachers will constantly take a broad perspective and will work based on a personal core of responsibility and passion. Current schools are facing a variety of issues and teachers are often faced with difficult situations. However, I believe that you can overcome any obstacle as long as you possess conviction as an education.

Students with desire to teach should immediately visit schools

I also believe that an attitude of constant learning is another important quality of an educator. It is often said that educators should "set an example worth following." This means that telling children to study is not enough. Indeed, a model educator is someone who studies himself or herself. In particular, I tell students to learn from someone who backs up their talk with action. While they are still university students, I encourage them to read written works by acclaimed teachers who possess a wonderful educational philosophy acquired through actual experience in education. Such authors include Shinzo Mori and Yoshio Toi.

Of course, it is necessary to make an effort to get to know actual situations at schools. The Teacher Employment Guidance Office has lots of information on recruiting for school volunteers such as educational volunteers in cooperating Shinjuku Ward and for special education classes held in various municipal governments. By utilizing this information, students can get actual experience at schools before they undergo teacher training. When participating as volunteers, I hope that students will have a strong sense of awareness and engage problems. Such a serious attitude will bring more benefits to volunteer students. Furthermore, the experience gained through such activities will be useful during the writing test and group debate which is part of the employment examination.

The Great East Japan Earthquake which occurred last year has created the need to change social systems and values. I believe that the future of Japan is in the hands of highly-motivated young professionals. In particular, young teachers are sought by both current teaching staff and children at schools. Even if young teachers lack experience, they are able to interact with children through a similar point of view, making it possible to discuss a variety of things. Youthful vitality is also needed for school operation. Therefore, it is my constant hope that students with the desire to teach will immediately visit schools to gain experience.

*Shinzo Mori: An educator who spread ideas including "3 principles of discipline," "3 principles for reconstructing schools" and "education through posture" to schools throughout Japan. He is also known for his many words of wisdom.
*Yoshio Toi: Served as principal of an elementary school and worked passionately for education on spelling. Based on his educational belief that "every child is a star," wrote many books including Scholastic Ability for Developing Villages and Cultivating the Root. Recipient of the Pestalozzi Prize for Education.

From the Career Center
Great care is needed in the case of joint application to a private corporation

Some students who desire to be teachers also apply for employment at private corporations. In such cases, the timing of job-search activities is different and great care is needed in regards to scheduling. If possible, it is preferable to obtain a job offer from a private corporation before starting practical teaching training at a school. The Teach Employment Guidance office provides consultation regarding the employment examination for teachers, and the Career Center provides consultation regarding private corporations. Please make full use of these resources.

Shuichi Nakano
Teacher Employment Advisor, School of Education

Born in Saitama Prefecture. Graduated from the Waseda University School of Education in 1972.
Decided to pursue a career in education at the recommendation of his teacher when he was in junior high school. Started working as a teacher in Saitama Prefecture immediately after graduating university. Taught at junior high schools in Saitama Prefecture. From 1998, held positions such as Principal, Director of Teacher Development and Director of Teacher Instruction at the Saitama Prefectural Bureau of Education. Also served as Chairperson of the Association for Physical Education at Saitama Prefectural Junior High Schools and Vice-Chairperson of the Saitama Prefecture Track & Field Association. Currently provides employment guidance from a broad perspective while working at the Teacher Employment Guidance Office in the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Waseda University.

Teacher Employment Guidance Office, School of Education
Supports students who aspire to become teachers, mainly through guidance and measures for the employment examination for teachers. In addition to individual counseling such as thesis correction and interview training, cooperates with the Career Center to provide employment information. At the Teacher Employment Guidance Fairs which are held 6 times per year, conducts practical programs such as lectures by educational officials and practice for group debate. Provides meaningful opportunities for students. Hours

(Reservations not required for individual counseling.)
Mon.-Fri.: 10:00-17:00
Sat.: 10:00-15:00