In light of World Teachers’ Day on the 5th of October, we want to celebrate our talented and dedicated teachers at Torrens University Australia.
Our Design faculty is full of inspiring teachers who are passionate about educating students in their area of expertise.
Read on to find out what drives the Diploma of Graphic Design National Academic Coordinator, Elicia Simon.
6 Things to know about Elicia:
- Elicia has been working in the Graphic Design industry for 15 years and has a Post Graduate Certificate of Design.
- Elicia prides herself on her multitasking abilities and her openness to learning new things.
- Elicia is currently reading The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair which tells the individual stories of 75 different colours, including their power and impact on culture.
- Elicia is a foodie and loves to travel.
- Elicia also thinks some of the best design books are not specifically about design but a book she often flicks through is ‘Ladies of Letterpress’ by Jessica C. White.
- In another life, Elicia thinks she would have been a florist.
Why did you decide to teach and what do you love most about your job?
For me, teaching had always been an area I wanted to explore, but it wasn’t really until I began mentoring Junior Designers as a Production Manager that I realised that I had a passion for sharing my industry knowledge and supporting people to develop their creative skills and find their niche within their design careers.
What do you consider to be your greatest success as a teacher?
Over the past five years, I have been involved in the development of the online program for the Diploma of Graphic Design. During this time, as a team, we have excelled in this virtual space to become one of the largest programs within Torrens University Australia. Contributing to the success of the Diploma of Graphic Design online course is the collaborative and structured practices implemented by the team, as a collective – we really love what we do, and as a result, we do it well. I am proud of our team and passionate about supporting others towards a united goal.
What challenges do you think design students are facing today?
Adaptability! Our students face many unknowns, brought about by technological advancements, obsolescence of roles and industry requirements. For our students, acquiring the skills and remaining flexible and positive can often seem overwhelming, however, we advise them to set relevant and measurable career goals, aiming for a wide gamut of experience rather than a very specific skill focus. Research shows that these days we are more likely to experience five careers rather than one, so we highlight resilience and adaptability. We also champion embracing the areas of your job you love, focusing on how to enjoy each moment.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do… Follow your passion and you will find a career path that’s right for you.
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