I need to rant.
I know it's vegan week and I should be writing about my vegan food court adventures (which I will, no worries), but in the meantime, I'm so keyed up about something that I just need to let it all out.
In addition to day-time work, I'm a part-time night student, and I'm about 70% of the way through my program (i.e., I don't want to drop it, I just want to plough through it and get it over with). This is now my third year doing courses for this program and all through, my personal reviews of the courses have been mixed. There are some courses where the prof is so amazing and inspiring and makes me want to just do anything I can to be like them. And then there are other courses....I guess the hazard of a college-level course is that pretty much anyone can teach it...and the problem is, when the school is desperate, they'll pretty much let anyone teach it.
I started a course in Special Event Coordination this week....seeing as this is a skill that will likely be very handy in current and future career paths, I have been looking forward to this course for nearly two years.
They say first impressions are lasting, but I do try not to judge people based on initial nerves or problems. In this case, however, I have no problems doing so. Let's just say if it were a date, he would be dumped. On his ass. No regrets. No nooky.
To teach a class on special events (i.e., the how-to of how to conceive, plan, execute and evaluate said event), they got a filmaker who admittedly has planned a sum total of two special events in his career (which hasn't been terribly long, as I don't think he's yet 30, likely closer to 25). To me, you need a little more experience than that to teach, or at least a wealth of background knowledge to back you up. Not to mention that having the eloquence of a fifth grader. That could help too. Now, I'm definitely not one for knocking people who lack leagues of practical experience (seeing as I am such a person), but this guy was awful.
His oral communication skills were brutal. It was the very first class, and the man had no lesson plan to guide him (and obviously did not have the experience to teach without one). He mumbled and stumbled and consistently talked about his two events that he had planned....dropping names of marginally famous people whom he'd met for two seconds. I could have handled a single incident, but the class, if you could call it such, was thoroughly peppered with such lame references. I was sick of his filmmaking career by the end of it....and I know I wasn't the only one.
And to top it all off, the guy has no background in event planning. He basically informed us that he's just going to talk about how he did it. Who knows if he's the laughingstock of the Ottawa event/arts community...he has no PLAN.
Seriously, if that's how far down the barrel they're reaching, they shoulda hired me! Fark, I could have read a textbook and studied up and come up with something much better than that crap. So now I'm stuck. I want to finish this program, but this course is an absolute waste of my time and a waste of my employer's money (yay for support though). I'm writing a letter to the college tomorrow to let them know of my concern regarding the qualifications of the teacher. I would rather that this this course had been cancelled rather than allow this knob to teach it. I can't take it. I don't think I can stand three months of idiocy and incompetence.
I'm also shocked that in a city like Ottawa, full to the brim with communication firms, event planners and the like, that there wasn't ONE person who wanted to step up and teach this course.
Note to self, next time the course instructor is TBD on the day the course starts, it's NOT a good sign.
My kingdom for an actual event planner.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
I need to rant.