Lecturer’s role is a ladder to development
College lecturers come from all across optics as the job offers a lot of opportunities for personal and professional development, so it’s a role well worth considering.
Lecturer Sue Rose has been at the College for over 17 years and came to Godmersham from a background as a technician. She was attracted to the role by the College’s unique and historic location, the opportunity to work with students and the chance to work with a great team with whom she was already familiar.
“I was certain that there would be opportunities to further my career and have surprised myself with the academic nature of my current role,” said Sue.
“During my time at Godmersham, I have gained further qualifications, including a BSc Hons degree, the ABDO Contact Lens Certificate and the teaching qualification PG Cert (HE) and I was fully supported by the College throughout.”
Another favourite part of the role for Sue is seeing the students’ progress in their careers. “Our students are just as committed to learning as the staff are to teaching and there is a great deal of satisfaction in academic work,” she highlighted.
“I love working with the team,” Sue added. “The workload can be challenging, however, we are a versatile bunch and help one another to meet deadlines. Creating teaching materials can be really enjoyable too, especially as we are integrating new methods and technologies at a fast pace.”
So, what are the key qualities you need to be a College lecturer? “Commitment, dedication and the enthusiasm to impart knowledge to others,” Sue highlighted.
Her career path in optics began with her role as a surfacing and glazing technician in the early days of Vision Express. “Wanting to further my knowledge, I decided to change employment and began the SMC Tech course with the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, gaining the qualification in 1999,” Sue explained.
While working as a glazing technician at Linklaters Optometrists in Bexleyheath, Greater London, Sue was able to study for the FBDO Diploma by distance learning at ABDO College.
“Unknowingly the opportunity would arise to join that team at a later date as a College technician,” she said. “From taking on the role, I was able to help out with teaching and was offered a full-time teaching post.”
What tips would Sue give to a DO or CLO who might be interested in becoming a lecturer? “Although the role may seem alien to your current practice, you will be up to date with the industry, and many continue practising alongside teaching roles.
“The transition to the classroom is not really that daunting and you may be surprised at how comfortable you become in a learning environment,” Sue concluded.