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Kodjovi Lotchi | Vocational Teacher Education

Studying for the Future

" This is not only for those who wish to become teachers, this is for all who are involved with any kind of training in their working life. Companies need people who have the skills provided in these studies."

Year 2008 was a real life-changing one for Kodjovi Lotchi. Studies in Degree Programme in Information Technology in Vaasa University of Applied Sciences brought him to Finland. Originally from Togo, Kodjovi had started his career in the neighboring country Ghana as a teacher and a telecom technician. After finishing his studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Kodjovi has worked with several projects in Finland – with Wärtsilä and several other companies, as well as Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. He has also become familiar with the life of an entrepreneur in Finland.

Then, in 2015, you ended up applying for the Vocational Teacher Education –studies in Teacher Education College in Jyväskylä. Why?

- I’ve been a teacher before, and have plans to teach again in the future. Another thing that I’m enthusiastic about, is bringing the pedagogical solutions into companies. Companies today need different kinds of learning materials, for example. People need training, from smaller scale software trainings to huge projects like operating a power plant. Designing these things is what I’d like to do.

Looking back, how did you find the studies?

– I really enjoyed the flexible structure of the studies. E-learning and modern tools were utilized. Working in a small learning circle was really valuable, everyone was contributing to both their own learning and learning as a group. I think that a close group pushed me forward a great deal. Travelling to Jyväskylä once a month was not an issue for me, it was worth the trouble every time. Some of the learning assignments were challenging, but I find that to be a good thing, since they were meant to develop my skills as a teacher.

To whom would you recommend Vocational Teacher Education?

– This is not only for those who wish to become teachers, this is for all who are involved with any kind of training in their working life. I have already talked to some of my friends and colleagues and encouraged them to apply in January.

 

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Vocational Teacher Education is a 60 ECTS credits post-degree programme. Annual application perios is on January. Find out more and apply!

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