I am a relatively junior (just 1 year of experience) software developer who has just been approached through a friend about becoming a computer science instructor for a local public college.
Instructors are difficult for these colleges to find as the jobs pay poorly (not a concern as I already make good money), so they are quite hard up for instructors. My friend works for the college and is basically asking for a favour to keep all the classes from being cancelled.
I am certainly open to it as a community service project of sorts, but am not really sure what I would be getting into and the possible risks or benefits of doing this.
Some things I have already thought of:
- Does my employer prohibit second jobs? No, as it is a government office and it is explicitly permitted so long as it is properly logged and reported.
- Might it interfere with my work? My project is only used during 9-5 business hours. That means that it is fine for it to only be fixed during regular business hours.
- Might it wear me out? I am someone with no personal life, so I spend most of my waking hours working on one project or another.
What else do I need to consider when making the decision whether to help them out?