Giuseppe Raudino, Lecturer
"Don’t be afraid to send an expression of interest to companies or organisations that you like. I think it can work and in fact, I’ve been invited a couple of times for an interview using this method"
Giuseppe Raudino told us that his story in Groningen started back in 2008 when he was following his passion: journalism. However, he soon entered the world of marketing and became a country manager.
Along the way, he also wanted to pursue his other passion, which is teaching. This led him to send open applications and he got lucky. Nowadays, Raudino lectures within the bachelor programme for international communication at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
"Don’t be afraid to send an expression of interest to companies or organisations that you like.
I think it can work and in fact, I’ve been invited a couple of times for an interview using this method"Giuseppe Raudino (on sending open applications) Lecturer
In order to achieve something similar, Raudino recommends starting by understanding your capabilities and what you’re actually looking for. Follow courses, cultivate your passion, and try to become an expert in that field.
“Then you can follow the usual path of sending resumes and contacting intermediaries such as recruitment agencies. But don’t be afraid to send an expression of interest to any organisation that you like. I think it can work and in fact, I’ve been invited a couple of times for an interview,” says Raudino.
Step by Step
Raudino also recommends entering the field of academia step by step. First, one can get invited to the classroom as an expert to tell students what’s happening in their field. Then later on they might get invited to teach a few hours here and there or substitute for someone temporarily. Being invited to contribute as an external expert for certain tasks such as a thesis panel is also a possibility.
One piece of advice Raudino has for people who would like to teach in a Dutch university is to understand that there could be a different educational environment compared to what they are used to back home. According to Raudino, there is a relatively informal relationship between lecturers and students in the Netherlands.
“I was used to very formal academic environments in which students could hardly ask a question. Teachers were presented as sort of gods. Here I realised that we have smaller groups and you would personally know the students,” explains Raudino.
This article was originally published in The Northern Times. Interview and article by Christoph Schwaiger.