Well, well well...pokie (1217 pencils) | Sun, 2013-02-17 06:51
Many years ago, I posted on here all the time... then IT at my work blocked the website (lol). Well, I quit last month (long story short, I finished a masters degree in communications last year and also started adjuncting for the design dept I graduated from with my BA about 10 years ago, then a communications professor reached out to me and asked me to teach some advertising classes). So, I quit my day job that I hated at a huge corporation (where I was in a leadership position) and am now a part-time professor teaching both graphic design and advertising design. I always wanted to teach, maybe when I retired, but with two elementary aged kids, our lives are so hectic, that it just made sense. I thought I'd pick something else up part time, but really, even though I only "work" 12 hours, I am just as busy as I was before with kid junk.
I am amazed at how students are so non-chalant about their design education. Last semester was a huge wake-up call to me. Everyone left early and barely showed up. So, this semester, I first changed my attendance policy so they would get letter grade reductions with every absence and I told my GD students on the first day: I expect you to be here the whole class period. You will be working 40+ hours when you get a job. If you cannot give me 6 hours a week, then you should not be majoring in this. Attendance has been a million times better this semester.
A lot of my designer friends who heard about my career change kept telling me "be hard on them, the teachers were too easy on us in school". With my history of being a supervisor, I treat my students in my GD class the same way. I have the same expectations of them as I would if they were my employee.
If you could give the next generation of designers advice, what would it be?
I also clearly need a new avatar, but thought I'd keep it for now incase I'd look familiar to anyone.;)
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