Case Study: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Lecturer) - Spencer

What do you do?

I deliver workshops and lecture to students (undergraduates & postgraduates). PhD supervision as well.

What is your background?

I did a degree in Modern History, and then went on to do an MA and finally a PhD. I also completed a PGCE (although this isn’t strictly necessary to lecture).

What characteristics do you need to be successful in your job?

Good at communication, be self-organised and motivated, be flexible and open to new opportunities and experiences

What other jobs could you do using the skills from this job?

To do other jobs, you need to be self-organised and motivated; articulate; good at communication; able to work as a team but also individually.

What changes will there be in the future?

I think there will always be a need for good teachers and educators, both in schools and universities.

What are the biggest challenges in your job?

The biggest challenge is the day to day teaching and coping with student issues.

Are there many opportunities to enter this career?

You need the right qualifications; there are always opportunities to teach part time or for a few hours a week - this is a good way to get experience.

What do you like about your job?

I like teaching people, seeing them improve and learn.

What do you dislike about your job?

The paperwork, the inevitable administration

What are your ambitions?

There’s a good career structure in lecturing, with a professorship right at the top

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

Get some experience teaching, perhaps at a college or school.

A day in the life

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Preperation for teaching

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Delivering a three-hour workshop

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Staff meeting

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dissertation supervision

3:00pm - 5:00 pm

Research time

Croeso i Gyrfa Cymru

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