University Lecturer

What do you do for a living?

University Lecturer…currently in charge of the Creative Industries Academy for Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.


How did you get interested in what you do? What advice was available to you when you chose this career direction?

Started teaching on a part-time basis when my first child was born. Chose it because interesting and flexible role.


What was your journey to reach the role you are in today? 

Studied modern languages at university and then a postgraduate in marketing after my first degree. I’ve carried on with CPD over the years and also acquired a postgraduate teaching qualification in 2001.


Talk me through a day in your life... what sorts of things would it involve?

In my new role liaising a lot with Edinburgh College (our partner in the Creative Industries Academy). Visiting schools to give presentations and interview pupils and meeting with potential work experience employers.


Was it your planned career when you were 18?

Always considered teaching as a possibility but had hoped to enter the diplomatic service or be a librarian!


What did your mum and dad want you to do?

Definitely teaching.


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

Worth pursuing as a very interesting and rewarding role.


What other directions could you go in /work in within your field other than the job you have chosen?

I could go back to working in the field i.e. marketing/PR practitioner role.