This blogpost and podcast is for our colleagues in higher educations, professors, the world over.

This is #7 in our series on teaching: Teaching Students interested in Your Major

Welcoming Students to Your Field.


When a student says “I want to go into the career that you are teaching about” How do we respond?

  • If you love what you are doing you will find a way to be successful in that field.
  • We have an opportunity here to not immediately discourage our students.
  • We can test their resolve to discover if they are really interested in this field or not.
  • I’m temporary, are they interested in what I do or the field?
  • Am I assessing my student where they are or where they could be?
  • Don’t discourage, encourage, but be realistic also.

8 Things a Professor Can Do To Help Students Interested in Their Major.

  1. Advise them on what they know and what they still need to know.
  2. Create significant learning experiences for them that will prepare them for life after college.
  3. Help your student to discover internships.
  4. Help your student to get a foot into the door of the environments where they will be working.
  5. Teach your student how to create a resume and an on-line professional website.
  6. Teach your student how to network and begin to develop important professional relationships.
  7. Write your student a letter of recommendation.
  8. Introduce your student to your professional connections.

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Dr C S Rayudu Ph.D


Thank you prof. David Pecoraro for sharing one of your successful experiences. It is highly motivating. There is a universal perception that the students like very much to imitate and follow their inspiring and able teacher. The students’ immediate response proves how you have enlightened them with the realities in vivid manner and how they are so much fascinated by your valuable real experiences. The experience sets an example how inspiringly the teacher should teach the taught and get immediate result how best you have delivered.


Mat Jizat Abdol

Chief Executive at Institut Sains @ Teknologi Darul Takzim ( INSTEDT)

Give encouragement to develop his career similar to what had been lectured. Inform him the pro and cons of the career he is seeking. Motivate him and if possible give him the basic understanding & requirement of the career for him to be prepared for the long journey of his future.


In this series we are going to talk about what is usually not discussed publicly, our course evaluations.
SC 91 #1. Course Evals: The Big Picture
You, your students, your dean, and the public.SC 92 #2. Course Evals: Reactions & Emotions
How we react and feel to what our students say.

SC 93 #3. Course Evals: Focus #1: What do you do well?
Acknowledging our strengths as Professors.

SC 94 #4. Course Evals: Focus #2: What are your trends?
Learning from an analysis over time.

SC 95 #5. Course Evals: Course Organization
Are we organized and is it apparent?

SC 96 #6. Course Evals: Communication
How well are we understood?

SC 97 #7. Course Evals: Faculty-Student Interaction
How do our students perceive us?

SC 98 #8. Course Evals: Grading
How is our grading perceived?

SC 99 #9. Course Evals: Learning
Do our students believe they are learning?

SC 100#10. Course Evals: Student Engagement
Are our students engaging?


Community Feedback

Mark Flint-Freel

Lecturer in Criminology and Police Studies, University of Derby

Hi David, I think I’m very lucky that this week I have been teaching one of my colleagues classes. Yesterday I asked if any of the group were interested in taking the module I normally teach in January next year. Out of the group of 40 students, 32 said they had already signed up and wanted to pursue my previous career path. (I was a Police officer before I became a lecturer).
I am so delighted, I have arranged a special lecture looking at the pitfalls and the advantages of becoming a cop. I am proud that I have been able to inspire my students and want to give them every encouragement to attain their goals. I want to make sure that they understand that their chosen path is a vocation and not just a job. I can give my students valuable real life experience of what the job is like.
I can take my students through the recruitment and selection process too, so they understand this process. I guess, finally, my students want honesty, and I can give them that.


shittu kelani

lecturer at federal university of technology, minna

I was a teacher before I became a lecturer. In my country today most students do not want to take to teaching because of the status of teachers.If any of my students declares that he would like become a teacher I would encourage him by telling the reasons why I have not regretted being a teacher. I will let him know that every profession has its own advantages and disadvantages Therefore he should not look at the impression the public has about the renumiration of teachers.


We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David



SC 90 #7. Teaching Students Interested in Your Major

Welcoming Students to Your Field.