The universities from which I earned my BSc. and MSc. degrees are not the same. Last week, a professor who knows me from my BSc. university called me and asked me to accept his teaching assistantship for one of his MSc. courses.

Despite probably receiving a letter of recommendation from him for my PhD applications;

  • What would be benefits of accepting such proposal?
  • Is it wise to do teaching-assistant in a university I am not studying in?
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    The answer to the second question depends entirely on your universities and cannot be answered here.
    – user111187
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:15
  • @user111187 how it depends?
    – enthu
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:17
  • Some universities may have different policies than others. Nobody here knows what your university's policies are.
    – user111187
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:18
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    Are you currently a PhD student? Do you have further teaching obligations at your university? Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 13:31
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    At my university the US, TAs must be enrolled in order to work for it.
    – Bill Barth
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 14:08

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  • You keep your contacts with the academic environment, that may be useful applying for a PhD.
  • Some professors will know you, and this that may help you get a position (depending on how it is done in your country).
  • You gain teaching experience.


  • TA salaries are usually quite low. Depending on your background, you may be loosing money. The working conditions may also not be so good.
  • You are not getting other kind of experience, that would be useful for any non-teaching job.

On a side note, it may look weird on your CV being a TA while not enrolled. This is not necessarily bad, but be prepared to be questioned about it in interviews.

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