Pros: fair pay (based on hourly rate), academic freedom in classroom, professional development opportunities
Cons: lack of job security/wave of lay-offs, computers were always broken or not working, condescending treatment of faculty, ethical violations
A typical day without a faculty meeting was preparing lessons for students as they made their way to class, calling a list of students (list contained 40-60+ names) on the phone who had dropped out of school or who had poor attendance to convince them to come back (THIS WAS THE EMPHASIS ON YOUR WORK DUTIES) ,executing the lecture, handling required – more... administrative duties, then leaving campus. While employed here, I learned more about "for profit" schools and how they operate.
The focus was always on numbers and money. The emphasis on education was based solely on getting the students to retain just enough information to pass the certification exam, whether or not they were really fully competent enough to work in a medical capacity. Many of the students either left or graduated from the school with a serious disillusionment of their professional abilities and skill set. This worried me because I started to realize that these would be the same people who could possibly be helping me as a patient if I ended up in the ER or at a medical practice.
Management was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with no real academic qualifications. They played favorites and was comprised of 99% women in the positions, which is great for the advancement of gender equality; but played into typical stereotypes of women in the workplace. Management played favorites with faculty and staff who licked their boots or wore the latest designer fashions to work. They appeared incompetent and unorganized in many areas when it came to handling student issues or troubleshooting problems with classes for the instructors. They are very shallow and superficial. There was never a real acknowledgement of academic contribution.
My co-workers were some of the brightest and most passionate teachers I have ever met. They displayed true knowledge in their respective fields and demanded high expectations of the students. They made me re-evaluate my methods of teaching to raise the bar for my students.
The hardest part of the job was trying to convince the students that they had made a good decision by choosing the school. There was always a consistent low to moderate morale among the classes and even my co-workers. Many of the students were just counting the days to leave the school as a memory behind them.
The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the students blossom in individual achievement and develop into better career professionals as adults. – less