Lecture slide - Title. Source: Own processing.
I dropped out of uni after my first year of Master's and have been focusing on my career and personal life since then. Until recently I realized that I wanted to try myself as a teacher to share what I've learned so far to help students succeed at building their careers or at least to make them interested in UX design and to show them why it is important.
So this is my story of how I, as a university dropout, came back to the exact same university to teach design and why I did that.
First of all, I should mention that I tried tutoring when I was younger - it was mainly maths and programming and my clients were university students who needed a little extra help with their studies. To me, it meant improving my communication and teaching skills, meeting new people, practicing maths and programming, and of course making some cash.
Those years were long gone, however, since I started to spend more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic I began to question myself and think about what I really wanted to do in the future. And that's how I realized that I wanted to share my skills and knowledge, to give advice, and to help people grow, which to me meant teaching.
I always found helping people and giving them advice on something a very pleasant and rewarding experience, so I figured I had to try to become a university teacher.
Personal presentation. Source: Own processing.
I prepared a nice cover letter, a short presentation, updated my CV, and began to search for the contacts of employees of all relevant universities in Prague.
It was certainly not the best time to search for a job anywhere, let alone universities which at that moment were closed because of the pandemic.
However, I did receive a couple of polite rejections and one email from a professor who actually taught Interaction Design to me and was happy to discuss my offer.