Late last fall, I applied for an adjunct faculty position at The Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). I've been in the industry for many decades, doing everything from design to pattern making to business development. But at the heart of it, I'm a teacher.
When I first came to this country in the 1970s, I taught a few courses at a local community college. Of all the jobs I've had, this was one of the most rewarding. I applied to F.I.T. because I wanted to pass on what I have learned to the next generation. I was called to interview by Zoom and that day, in late November, my son set up the computer, camera and mic. We did the interview at the store and I had a rack of clothes and patterns I cut and crafted behind me. The job I was interviewing for was to teach basic pattern design and cutting.
I really enjoyed the interview process. I have never done a virtual interview before. This is a big change from every job I've ever had, which were always done in person and with a handshake. So, for me, this was very new. The job would require me to travel once or twice a week to New York City at teach at F.I.T. This would be on top of managing the store.
I really appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts and experiences with the people at F.I.T. If nothing else, I got to learn from the experience. Yes, even at my age, you continue to learn. Learning and teaching is a cycle that will keep you forever young.
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