Contributing to Adult Education

Mark Leigh PTTLS assignment   22/9/10

The following is an explanation of why I feel I can contribute in the field of Adult   education.
My background   is in Industrial control systems where I spent 20 years as an Engineer, writing software   control systems for use in the Water treatment, chemicals, Food & drink, Oil & Gas, and   Nuclear processing   Industries. This exposed me to a wide variety of problems and experiences.
Throughout my time in industry there are two aspects of the way I worked which I feel have a bearing on my decision to become involved in Education. The first is my enjoyment of helping others. This   desire to help others often came as a detriment to my own career.   I was told on many occasions that I should spend more time concerning myself with my own problems and less time “frittering the time away”   involving   myself with the problems of others! In fact , I often couldn’t help myself when I knew I could suggest a way that would help my colleagues in some shape or form.
The other aspect of my personality and working method   which I think is relevant is that   I was never an “Empire Builder”. By this I mean that some people can be very protective of their working methods and knowledge and would rather keep this to themselves. Its probably fair to say that in many cases, this is a type of One upmanship   which albeit by a rather selfish route can lead to a furthering and progression of one’s career. I have always been aware of this but have preferred to stick to the knowledge sharing path , possibly to the detriment of my own career.
Regarding my relationship with academia, although I have an Engineering Degree, I have never considered myself an academic as such. This might sound an odd thing to say when embarking on a new career as a teacher/ lecturer , but I feel that although I have a basic grounding in science, numeracy, literacy, ICT and some appreciation of history and politics, I have never found academic work easy, and I feel...