28 September 2009

Cikgu Zemien

In 2006, I wrote a post about sending an email to the future. I've forgotten most of the contents in that email (have to wait till 2016 to read) but I do remember one question that I asked Future Me: "Have you become a lecturer?"

The passion to teach has been in me for a long time. I'm not interested in dealing with young brats so that rules out school teaching. That leaves the young (and not-so-young) adults, hence the desire to be a college lecturer.

Well, that dream is now a reality!

Starting next semester I'm taking up a part-time lecturing gig at a private college. To protect myself and the college, I will not mention which college or what subject I'll be teaching. This way it's easier for me to blog about interesting students or office politics without courting controversy.

What I can reveal is that I'm teaching a software-related subject, and it will be two evening classes every week. So right off the bat the students already hate me for taking up their evening time. Luckily the course content is filled with practical work so this should prevent them from dozing off.

I'm very excited to take on this challenge, even though it cuts down my leisure time. And even if they only employ me for one semester, I can say that I have achieved my goal of being a lecturer. So that's 1 dream down, 227 to go!


William said...

They're taking you as a tutor is it? Rare for a lecturer not to have at least a Masters degree le.

Zemien said...

Nope, I'm a full-fledged lecturer. Yes, it's rare to find lecturers without Masters/PhD. That's because the general trend is that you can only teach 1 level below your qualification.

So I'm teaching students who haven't reached their Degree program yet.

Ivan said...

Congrats, Cikgu Zemien.