Within the last few months I have been telling people how I worked as a corporate graphic design instructor for 10 years. I have not been doing it full time for over 13 years now and am ready to reboot my company. I have continued training here and there and am up to date on my graphic software programs.
A couple of years ago I tried to contact the old companies that I worked for like Productivity Point and Executrain. I was the graphics instructor for both companies which kept me very busy. Well, they are no longer in London and it seems like their is a case of amnesia that there was ever a business where you could go and learn or have an instructor/consultant like myself who would go to your work and teach you in your own environment.
Some people have said to me that people now can learn all sorts of stuff online. Why pay someone to teach you? Well I had a client last spring that did that very thing. She taught herself Photoshop in the very worst way possible. It took me only a morning with her to show her the best way to use the program and get her productive.
Since I offer custom training, I target on exactly what the client needs and the one-on-one time allows me to cover a lot of topics. Everyone is different, whether it is software that they are unsure about or graphic terminology that will help them work with a printer or designers.
Usually I will see a client for a couple of sittings and then they are up and going by themselves and I never hear from them again, which is perfectly fine.
I am very passionate about teaching design and its software and am working towards offering this again.
For heavens sake, you don't have to go to Toronto for excellent training. I was hired by a very popular training company back in the early 2000s to teach a 2 day Illustrator course. The students and the training company were very happy with my work and wanted me back. I missed being away from my family and decided to stick around London. After that event, I ended up teaching 2 years at the Design School at Fanshawe College.
Londoners have quality people like myself who are local and they don't need to look any further than their backyard.
This spring I am taking a train the trainer from Adobe on teaching digital programs. I have already been doing that for over 20 years but it never hurts to update on my toolkit for teaching.
I look forward to 2016 and the possibilities.
Bring it on!
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