Teaching the next generation
23 June 2023
I joined Pozzoni as an architectural technologist after completing a BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology degree course followed by my master’s degree in (MSc) Building Information Management.
My past lecturers at the University of Westminster first introduced me to the idea of teaching. Being proficient using software such as Revit, AutoCAD, and SketchUp they thought it was beneficial to have me on board as a Part Time Visiting Lecturer (PTVL) to lecture the first year's construction students at the Marylebone Campus.
Since being at Westminster I have been busy across various modules: Digital Practice (Design 3), Building Design, Construction Technology and Services (Technology 2), and Introduction to Building Technology. This involves me working on a Friday throughout term-time for a few hours teaching Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, supporting students with their coursework submissions, marking coursework submissions, working closely with the module leader, and supporting the module team.
It's important for someone like me who graduated twice at Westminster, and faced many challenges in the industry, to have the privilege to teach the next generation of construction students coming into my profession. I’m a big supporter of empowering all students out there in particular those who have learning difficulties or those who come from an underrepresented group or a disadvantaged background.
Lecturing in general has been the most challenging and demanding position I have participated in and is something I have never dreamt of doing in my career. Having students who come up to me after the seminar sessions giving me great positive feedback gives me the satisfaction that I have done a good job.
Whilst being at Westminster I have experienced and learnt a huge amount, from preparing weekly materials for my seminar sessions, dealing with challenging students in the classroom, trying to overcome my anxiety when lecturing over 150+ students, and supporting students with their coursework and university queries.
There are areas that I need to improve on for the next academic year however, with the support at Pozzoni, I will be able to deliver a great learning package for the new construction students. If you are joining the course at the University later this year, I look forward to meeting you.
You can read more about the career of Xenos and his thoughts on encouraging more diverse groups into the industry here.