It’s a passion and not only a profession!
Currently I am working as a lecturer in the field of communications and as a vocational school teacher in Zurich, Switzerland.
I’m lecturing Communications & Presentation (Kommunikation & Präsentation) at the Höhere Fachschule Uster. This is a Technical College/College of Higher Education for experienced professionals in the field of technology, energy, renewables, IT and economy.
My students are aged between 14 – 35 years. My daily business is to guide the students in a very important period of their life.
It is very much “the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult.”
Definition adolescence / Source: Oxford Dictionary
What do I teach?
Well, at the Berufsschule my students are aged 14 to 18 on average.
Before I get into details you should read this in case you are not familiar with the education system in Switzerland.
🇨🇭 | Nearly 70% of those entering upper secondary education enter the vocational education and training system. | 🇨🇭
My students belong to the vocational education and training system and are working as haircutters, mechanics, consultants and – many of them – as retail assistants/employees. They work 3/4 days a week at a company doing their practical part of their three year training/education. When they come to school once a week they work on their theoretical skills. They have to learn subjects such as German, Economy, Society & ‘general science’ – it’s called ABU (general knowledge). At the ABU lessons I teach the following themes:
- politics incl. how to vote
- my first car
- my first apartment
- how to write a letter
- money incl. how to deal with the salary
It’s basically all about how to get ready becoming a matured adult dealing with everyday’s issues/problems.
Obviously many of my students do not like the school because they are tired of going to school. Many of them have terrible experiences from previous schools. One of my main targets is to give them a smile while sitting at my class. Sounds ‘cheesy’? No, it’s not, it’s all about respect, communications (my expertise;), empathy, patience & – that’s the crucial part – exciting and challenging lessons! Being a teacher since March 2015 I’m still at the very beginning of teaching – let’s face it, I’m still a bloody beginner! But hopefully I’m improving from week to week…
I asked myself what I really want in my life…
– wife ✔️
– children ✔️
– house ✔️
– no more jobs I waste my energy/life (#yolo)
– enjoy my life
– travel the world like Peter Scholl-Latour (and not like some strange travel bloggers going to all 197 countries in only 5 months – pfff). This man experienced a lot during his life!
Until today I visited more than 80 out of 197 countries.
«Was heisst Glück? Wir genießen eine Form der Zufriedenheit und Ausgewogenheit. Ich habe mich immer gehütet, mich Überschwänglichkeiten hinzugeben. Das war gut so.» Zitat Scholl-Latour
So far, I did not meet any person in my life who is as fast as I am in adjusting any given (new) situations! Thanks Dad, thanks Swiss Army, thanks God.
Meine Damen & Herren. Was ich u.a. bis dato gelernt habe:
«Wissen ist Macht»
Smile (emotionaler Spiegel) & laugh
Be kind, friendly & helpful
Say «Grüezi/Hello», «Thank you» & «You’re welcome»
Be a child (sometimes;)
Versuche, die Sprache des Gegenübers zu sprechen (ich tue mein Möglichstes)
- 🇨🇭 – SWISS-GERMAN / mother tongue
- 🇩🇪 – GERMAN / mother tongue
- 🇬🇧 – ENGLISH / C2
- 🇪🇸 – SPANISH / B1/B2
- 🇫🇷 – FRENCH / B1
- 🇵🇹/ 🇧🇷 – PORTUGUESE / A2
- 🇯🇵 – JAPANESE / A1 (forgot everything since 2004)
LANGUAGE LEVEL DESCRIPTION
You’re fluent, pretty much mother tongue. Extremely comfortable, you have complete control over the language.
Comfortable in most situations, strong vocabulary, few errors.
You’re comfortable in most situations, still some good mistakes.
Now you can converse in many situations, with less serious errors.
Limited vocabulary, but with some help you can participate in basic conversations. you still make a lot of big mistakes.
You can ask a few basic questions and ideas, but with a lot of mistakes.
You only know a few words of the language, if that.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
- Do NOT talk about religions, politics, sex/gender topics when you first meet a person (small talk). Thx for that lesson Imants (my boss when I was living/working in Japan 2003/04). Working in the financial industry is exciting & challenging and if you succeed you can make good 💰 – but money is not everything! 😉
«To teach is not only a profession for me – it means more.
I call it a passion»