16th April 2003




A new career in the United States beckons for Beverley man Nick Jensen, who will start work at the University of Northern Iowa this autumn.


Nick Jensen (23) of Wilbert Lane, Beverley graduated two years ago from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Media Technology.


For the past year he has worked at the Adult Education Centre on Hallgate in Cottingham as a tutor teaching digital photography, digital imaging and web design.


But from this summer he will be teaching further afield as a teaching assistant on the Mass Communications course at the University of Northern Iowa.


“After I graduated I saw a poster in the careers centre on campus which offered the opportunity to gain postgraduate qualifications in the US as part of the Fulbright Commission,” said Nick.


“I managed to secure a teaching assistantship at the University of Northern Iowa, where I will also be studying for a masters degree in Mass Communications.”


University teaching assistants in the United States grade papers, deal with large classes, take seminar sessions and augment the work of the professors.


“I want to teach both the technological aspects as well as the theory side of digital photography and digital imaging,” says Nick, who holds a City and Guilds teaching qualification.


“My aim is to become a university lecturer in the US. After I’ve done my masters I can do a year’s practical training and then go on to do my PhD.


“It’s always been an ambition of mine to go to the United States, but teaching was something I only decided on after I graduated.


“When I applied for other jobs here in the UK I got so many rejection letters telling me that I needed more experience that I decided to try teaching in the States instead.”


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