John Lau

"If you have the skills, knowledge, interest and drive, always take that next step"
About my career

I am currently the Programme Director in Fashion Design Technology at London College of Fashion. My job is to manage a large team of academics in order to uphold the University’s quality higher education and the students, the next generation creative talent for the fashion industry.

Whilst training, my peers and I considered ourselves experts in our subject areas, however we soon realised that learning to teach was an essential part of the process. Planning inclusive lessons, assessment of learning and unlocking the potential in students continue to be valuable tools used whether I am with one student or lecturing to two hundred and fifty.

My first full-time job in teaching was completely unplanned. I had a job interview four weeks into my teacher training course, my lecturers encouraged me to ‘give it a go’, and I got it! It was tough but I knew that with the support from the tutors at MMU, I was able to graduate with Merit and devote my skills to teaching at the same time. I worked as a lecturer at a Further Education college for just over two years before moving onto Higher Education in 2010.

My top tip for students is…

Do not be afraid to apply for jobs that take you out of your comfort zone. If you have the skills, knowledge, interest and drive, always take that next step. Make sure you fully understand the job you apply for, not the idea or status of it - this is what potential employers look for when looking for the right candidate. Offer your 'newness' to each role and bring with it your personality to make a positive impact to those around you.

When teaching, always consider the energy you bring into the room because your enthusiasm can have an immense difference to a student's learning today to fulfil their hopes in future.

I’m inspired by…

My lecturers, Rowena Smith and Val Butcher - without them I would not be where I am today.

Why I love Manchester Met

Manchester Met Education always strive to help you achieve the fullest potential.