Thursday, December 17, 2009

What next?

A number of people have been asking what I will do next, and to be honest I am not to sure at present.

Some students and tutors have suggested teaching.  Although this is something I have looked at in the past I am have decided not to go down this avenue because from what I have seen secondary schools at present do not teach computing, they just teach pupils how to use computers / software.

Several other tutors having suggested tutoring for the OU and this is something I might well look at doing.

Or I could continue studying by doing an Msc.  Having taken a brief look at the OU website I have estimated it would take 5-6 years at a cost of about £9,000.

What every I end up doing I am taking a year off.  Even though I have a few jobs to do around the house, a year of no TMA’s, revision or exams will be so relaxing.


Steve McGann said...

Hi Ian,
Interesting comments :-) I had exactly the same thoughts about teaching - so little seems to involve the underlying computing concepts, and merely seems to teach software use.

Like you, I want a year off! I think my wife and son deserve the break ;-) In the meantime I've been preparing applications for an MSc to hopefully start Oct 2010. This time I fancy a taught course rather than distance learning, as I suspect it would benefit me to work more closely with others. The trick is finding a part-time course which allows me to keep working without going crazy!

All the best with whatever you decide,


Simon said...

Hi Ian,

Well, you've done it!! Hearty congratulations young man!

I must admit that I have managed to fill the year-out that I have taken with all sorts of other things - that I just don't know where I'm going to find the time to continue. Something will have to give.

I think you are spot-on about secondary education of IT (and it is 'IT' that they teach and not 'Computing'). It covers how to use a computer and how to use certain apps (generally Microsoft - although my son's school have just issues their pupils with MacBooks). I think they do branch into computer ethics (I guess at A-Level). They also cover database design - but at a very, very basic level.

I can see you as an OU tutor though! And that may be a good way into teaching at that Higher level.

Anyway, have a great year off.


Simon K