OCCUPATION THESAURUS

PROFESSOR



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A professor is an instructor in a college or university. Some co-teach with other instructors, teach in a classroom, or offer online education. The demand for online teaching offers many professors a more flexible schedule and the convenience of working from home.

Regardless of where classes take place, a professor's responsibilities include planning out their courses, giving lectures and presentations, grading tests and papers, interacting with students, and adhering to the codes of conduct and responsibilities set out by the institution to which they belong. If they're pursuing tenure, they may also conduct research in their area of study, seek publication, sponsor student groups or university programs, and sit on committees. Renowned professors might be invited to speak at events on campus as well as travel around the world to lead conferences or workshops on behalf of their school.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
A professor usually must hold a doctoral degree, but a master's degree may be sufficient for some universities and community colleges. Certain areas of education will have more competitors vying for an appointment, so having additional education, experience, accolades, or political clout can help a character win the position.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

HELPFUL POSITIVE TRAITS:
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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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