Testimonials – Recommendations. Words from young teachers: “We don’t do this work to make money”

First Steps into the World of Teaching… La Dépêche du Midi took time in discussion with Julie, Aurour, Matthew and Charlotte who are discovering a teaching profession. All four explain to us their expectations, aspirations and vision for the profession, but also, indeed, their disappointments.

Four of them have made or are about to enter the great world of teaching: Julie, Aurora, Charlotte, and Matthew have a passion for transmission rooted in the flesh. They embrace the teaching profession with fervor, torn equally between fears and hopes. “It’s an undeniable profession, you have to be passionate,” confirms Charlotte, 28.

The young woman, in a complete professional retraining, is preparing for her competition: “In front of naive children, curious to learn.” A perfect vision of the profession? “When I was young, a teacher for me was someone who missed his life,” he meets with a jolly smile, a year-long high school philosophy teacher. In the speeches of our young interlocutors, the image of the teacher does not seem to be appreciated: “In the heads there is a representation of a civil servant who pretends to work,” describes Oror, 25, who would like to become a teacher. Economics and social sciences in high school.

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“We have to change representations!” Young woman rumbles. It’s a job that takes time and isn’t just about courses. There is setting up of teaching hours, and proofreading…” At the end of the day, “It’s a job where you work a lot and you don’t get recognized,” adds Julie.


Especially since the pressure is very real. Starting with the lack of time to properly develop the program: “We have to move on and act as if all the students understood, even if some of them remained on the floor,” she disdains. Come the ever-increasing demands of parents of pupils: “We are also obligated to justify ourselves with the marks we give pupils, which have dire consequences for our educational freedom,” testifies Matthew, a 23-year-old teacher-of ancient mathematics at Créteil.

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The young man is also the first to talk about “instability”: “I am a so-called ‘TZR’, pregnant in the replacement zone. I don’t have a steady job… It’s hard for me to know where I’m going to work in the next month.” Which leads very quickly to the question of salary: “In Paris, with a teacher’s salary, we live but do not live well,” explains the young scientist. “You’re definitely not doing the teacher’s work to make money,” Aurora sighs. We have a long and hard course, and do five years of schooling, to earn barely more than minimum wage. It does not matter, everyone will say: “In this business, self-realization comes before material realization.”

However, on the threshold of their career, there is still the promise of great prospects, compilation and certifications. “We have the opportunity to teach abroad or to develop within the national education,” Aurore wants to believe, confident. Charlotte pondered: “Anyway, it’s a job that I personally hope to have my whole life.”

What is the picture of teachers?

A survey conducted last month by the National Federation of Teachers and School Teachers and PEGC (Snuipp Fsu). Pay attention to the image of the teaching profession in the eyes of public opinion. According to the Harris Interactive study, most French people believe that the teaching profession has a good image (56%) and this is not the opinion of the main stakeholders (only 19% adhere to this idea). When asked about their career prospects, teachers sound frustrated: half are now considering leaving the world of teaching.

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