|Audio and Music Technology|
|Associate Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology|
|University of York|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a Associate Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology in the United Kingdom
Early career academic at York
What I do
I work as an Associate Lecturer in Audio and Music Technology. I deliver and develop lecture and laboratory material for students ranging from first-year undergraduate to postgraduate taught master's degree level. I am module leader on the 'Music Perception and Critical Listening' master's module, and am first-supervisor on a number of undergraduate projects.
Skills I use and how I developed them
I use my knowledge in Music Technology, which was developed largely in work I did as part of my MSc at York. I also use my skills in public speaking and presenting that I developed as part of schools events and public seminars that were run as part of my MSc.
What I like most
I enjoy taking my passion for audio and using that to teach and enthuse others in the subject. I also enjoy being part of the York Audio Lab with a great team of like minds.
What I like least
Large volumes of marking that all come in at the same time can get quite repetitive.
What surprised me most
The amount of autonomy I get in how I use my time, how I prepare my teaching and what tools I use to get the job done.
My career goals when I graduated
When I graduated my goal was to work in research, as I had enjoyed my research project more than any other I had done before.
My career history
Prior to my work at the University of York, I worked in an electronics shop with occasional freelance music composition and sound recording work. I also worked on studio reception at Futureworks Manchester,
What has helped my career to progress
Undertaking my master's degree advanced my knowledge massively and gave me the contacts I needed to pursue an academic career.
Courses taken since graduation
I have done the York Professional and Academic Development (YPAD) scheme. This enabled me to learn more about various kinds of teaching practice and to engage in self-reflection on my own approach to teaching.
How my studies have helped my career
I have learned several teaching techniques that I will try out and implement in my work moving forward.
What surprised me about my career so far
I have been surprised at how quickly I have been able to settle into my role and get used to what I need to do day-to-day. My time management skills are much better than I thought!
Where I hope to be in 5 years
Next year I will start studying for a PhD. In 5 years I would like to have done well in this and have a job in research.
My advice to students considering work
It is, as everyone always says, massively beneficial to have contacts within the industry you would like to work in. The trick is to make these relationships mutually beneficial rather than just being an annoyance to whomever you are in contact with. How will you be useful to them and their organisation? How can you help each other?
My advice about working in my industry
In order to get on in an academic setting you have to have extensive knowledge in your chosen subject, but also be extremely diligent in your work. You could be the smartest person alive but if you can't organise your time you'll not get anywhere as a lecturer!
I am happy to answer questions on what it is like to be an early-career academic and what kind of work you can expect to be doing beyond the obvious.
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