Teaching’s a hit and miss business. It’s frustrating to teach students who won’t turn up, and aren’t interesting in learning. But it’s equally worrying to hear my exaggerations repeated by a student who has taken my lessons too uncritically.
So when I visit placement students in the workplace I’m anxious to find out if they’re up to it – and to find if our course does an adequate job in preparing them for the real world.
Last week I met two students at the UK headquarters of two different motor manufacturers. Both students loved the work, and their supervisors said they would hire them without hesitation if they were available. Teaching on a vocational degree course doesn’t get any better than this.