If you already have funding, is TA-ing (i.e. being a teaching assistant) worth the opportunity cost of doing more research? What are the relevant considerations?
I've always heard that focusing on research is a better use of time for boosting one's CV for applying for competitive and research-focused faculty positions, and that they really don't care very much about teaching experience. But recently, I've heard a lot of people saying the opposite.
I'm sure it depends on the field somewhat. I'm in machine learning, some characteristics of the field which seem relevant are:
- It is fast-paced and highly collaborative.
- Professors often act more as project managers and don't do as much research.
- Successful grad students often publish several papers a year.
In particular, I'm curious about how it looks on a CV, not about other benefits (e.g. learning useful skills)