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Al Koursaros

Business Lecturer

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Which part of the course do you enjoy teaching most?

I particularly enjoy teaching strategy as part of the strategic management second year module, Strategic Business Analysis. It’s an exciting, dynamic module that gives me a chance to connect with students and encourage their thoughts and growing perceptions on how strategy in business today can make or break organisations.

 

What kind of jobs could students go on to do after studying this course?

Our students typically already come from both private and public sector backgrounds and often as a result of the Foundation Degree in Business Studies course progress within their current organisations, gaining promotion and positive recognition for the depth and breadth of experience they have gained from the course. Additionally we find that students advance into careers in roles such as marketing, retail management, human resources and finance.

 

Are there any misconceptions about the industry that you’d like to see change?

Business is often thought of as being a little boring with few and far between opportunities for success within it. This viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth. Today business is prevalent in all aspects of society and the workplace. New business start-ups and entrepreneurships offer tangible opportunities for progression with a view to independence as well as career progression. What could be more exciting than being your own boss!

 

What did you do before teaching?

I followed a successful career for 18 years in both private and public sector organisations holding down senior management roles in the logistics, retail and home computing sectors.

 

What are people always surprised to learn about you?

I have a passion for all things VW Camper van and own a 1972 Bay Window Australian Kombi touring caravan. I’ve owned it now for about five years and really enjoy doing it up and going on camping trips to West Wales in it with my family.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping students to both successfully complete their course as well as developing their own vital business acumen and far reaching skills. I draw a great sense of satisfaction in being part of this process.

 

What’s the one piece of advice you would give to your 18 year old self?

I would make a plan for my future and not just work hard to achieve it but work harder still, as well as have fun along the way.

 

Which business person do you admire?

It’s got to be Sir Richard Branson. He is so creative, sustainable and his business ideas push the Virgin brand beyond the ‘envelope’ making it one of the most recognised in our nation. He is also a great philanthropist.

Shan Bowen

Childhood Studies Lecturer

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What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?

I have been teaching for 20 years. During this time I have taught child care to learners studying courses from Level 1 to Level 5.  

 

What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?

My achievements are vast and varied! Since working at Coleg y Cymoedd I have become a grandmother which I consider my biggest achievement. My work achievements range from teaching and supporting students, who enter college with no qualification to graduate with a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies. 

A particularly memorable and proud experience was seeing a student achieve a UHOVI student of the year award.  Personal achievements I am proud of are being nominated by students for a Pearson Teacher’s Award and by my manager for a University Award for ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning’.

 

Tell us about your career and experience in Industry

I have had an enjoyable and varied career working in the field of Child Care. My employment experience ranges from working with babies in day care, young children in a school setting and teenagers in a women’s refuge. 

 

Tell us about your qualifications

I possess:-

A Fellowship and Recognised Teaching Status from University of South Wales.

A Masters Degree in Early Years from Trinity College Carmarthen.

PGCE in Further and Adult Education from Carleon University.

An Advanced Diploma in Child Care and Education (Cache).

A NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) qualification.

 

Something interesting about you

I am a ‘Nana’ and love spending time with my grandchildren.

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