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10 Things Only Art Teachers Would Understand

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10 Things Only Art Teachers Would Understand

As an art teacher you are not always understood. You are creative and stand out in what you do, and the process of getting there is what makes you different. You can find inspiration from the most random things. Art is everywhere. You like inspiring music and you try your best to stay organized, which is hard with all your supplies. For all this, people tend to see you as being a little odd. Here are 10 things that only art teachers understand!

1. You see that art is underestimated

The school system teaches students to answer questions and memorize answers. Often times, art classes are viewed as less important and can be easily replaced. Art is an important part of life. It shows people how to express themselves and how to see more than just a question and an answer. Don’t let the negative view hold you down, look back at all the great work you have done and get ready to be even better.

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2. You value creativity

It doesn’t matter to you where your students or even yourself get creativity from. The most important thing is that you can enjoy all that is needed to bring to life a creative piece of art. You use all the resources you can to stimulate the creative part of a person’s life and you love to see the beautiful result that comes from it. For example, you can organize a trip to the museum or hold an art exhibition with the pieces your students have made. It will be inspiring for you and your students!

3. You realize a new time has begun

The internet and other technology has opened new ways to be creative. The people with real talent and creativity have more possible ways than ever to share their art with others and more artists are being born every day. The opportunities are all around us and you simply have to reach out and express your creativity. You motivate your students to take those chances and use technology for their own future.

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4. You teach innovation

You don’t simply want students to answer a question with one solution – you give them multiple ways to solve problems. You show them how to be creative and use that to find a way in life. You want them to experiment and learn from their mistakes. Life is not a one way street, it’s a lot of little roads, leading to multiple opportunities.

5. You enjoy simplicity

Art comes and goes. It can be created from any material. You enjoy using simple things to inspire others. No matter if it is a pen and paper, a chalkboard or paint, you love to create art and inspire your students. Take, for example, this art teacher in Wyoming. He uses his blackboard to inspire his students. He uses basic materials and makes them into art.

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6. You get a higher status (than other teachers)

When you are an art teacher, your students see you as a special kind of teacher. Your students will be excited to come to your class. You can use this excitement to teach them things they never knew. You show them possibilities to grow as a person. You stimulate the part of the brain that they don’t get to use in any other class.

7. You need to stand up for your profession

Beyond your students, art teachers are often underestimated. This results in a little struggle here and there. You need to let your voice be heard now and then, to show them you are valuable too. You have to ask or state your opinion regularly. Do not be afraid to say “no” to things you don’t have time for. If you keep it professional, you will get through the harder things.

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8. You have to develop a personal grading system

Art teachers cannot simply cross off the wrong answers. To grade a project, it completely depends on the individual and their potential. As you see more projects, you get to know each person and their strengths. This way, you develop a personal and unique grading system. No grading by rota for you!

9. You know different techniques

Teaching art is not a one-sided thing. You need to know many different techniques, use different materials and different points of view. You do not have a book that tells you what your students have to learn that lesson, but you have your own period of time for every project. The students will have to find out how to work with the different materials. It takes time and patience to teach them the different techniques, and for every student’s strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be learning right alongside them.

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10. You can not always succeed

The busy life of an art teacher will not always go as planned. Sometimes things do not go the way you want to and you work towards finding peace with that. As long as you put in your best effort, it will be worth it. You can not let small failures bring you down.

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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