Pros: personal fulfillment in achieving something i had never done before
Cons: i took on too much at once. grading papers was never fun.
After I obtained my dual masters degrees, I was eager to see if I could apply this education to some other area. I actually took this teaching job and another one at the same time, while I worked full time as the Director for Clinical Research. I am not sure what I was thinking (perhaps that I am Wonder Woman!), but I would work all day full time, leave that job and teach 3-4 nights a week at one or the other school. I did this for about a year and a half.
I learned very quickly not to bite of more than you can chew! However, once I commit to something, I am determined to make it happen. I managed ALL these jobs and responsibilites without ever missing a deadline, but it left my personal and home life lacking. This is not good balance and not wise to work that much.
I had a wonderful boss that was very understanding of my work situation. I was helping them and they were offering me a new experience. It was mutually beneficial.
The people at the college were very helpful at any time I needed it. Having never been an adjunct professor, there were always questions I had about small things that seem obvious but were not. I always had others around me willing to help.
The hardest part of my job was making sure I didn't miss anything that was required of me by the college. Being unfamiliar with this type of employment, I tried very hard to remain compliant on all levels. The most enjoyable part of my job was watching students learn as I shared what I know with them. I also found it very rewarding to help students succeed. How rewarding!