- Story of how an innocuous call led to a teaching assignment
- Teaching is the best way to learn more about any subject
- You get the most joy by making the experience relevant for your learners
The recruitment call
In 2011, my alma mater reached out asking for references of an industry practitioner who could be a guest faculty and teach Excel to students pursuing post-graduation.
After five minutes of discussing options, I realized I was in the mix for the position of guest faculty. And another five minutes later, the academic coordinator was discussing dates that would suit me.
An innocuous call led to a teaching assignment
I love Excel
I got introduced to Excel in the late 90s. I enrolled in a course where I first worked on Excel. It was fascinating to learn what all Excel could do, and it became my go-to tool for everything - calculations, analysis, notes, plans, etc.
In 2004, I truly realized it's power. It was my first client engagement, and one of my colleagues would spend 6 hours daily preparing a status report. I took it as a challenge and automated that report using Excel. All of a sudden, our team had 30 additional hours available each week!
There has been no looking back since then, and in each organization I have worked, I have been able to make significant contributions thanks to Excel.
One of the biggest advantages of being good in Excel is that you get involved in all the critical analysis of client's data. As a management consultant, it was vital for me as this provided me direct access to critical meetings with clients to explain the story that the numbers told.
Preparing my first course
Agreeing on dates to teach at my alma mater was easy. However, now came the challenging part - designing a course for some of the sharpest minds in the country.
Like most management students, these students had worked in leading organizations earlier. I knew this was not going to be an easy group to teach. And, I was looking forward to it.
Teaching is the best way to learn more about any subject
Day 1 of teaching
After spending several days designing and redesigning the curriculum, I was ready with the course. The first day of teaching went alright. The students were thrilled by what I taught them.
The next few weeks went by, and I had finished delivering my first course to two different cohorts. The feedback from both of them was outstanding, and I have continued to teach since then.
A deep sense of gratitude
The most satisfying part of teaching is when the students tell me that the course has made a difference in their lives. It keeps me going and encourages me to continue enhancing the course content and assignments. And work with the students as they go through the course and earn their certificates and badges.
You get the most joy by making the experience relevant for your learners
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