When I graduated from college, I never imagined I was going to be training in an environment like this. You have LCD laptops, projector, foreign participants, and a world-class auditorium. It is light years away from the chalk, blackboard, undergraduates and an arcane wooden classroom that was available from my alma mater, where I wanted to start my teaching profession. That is why I call myself a trainer and not a teacher.
Honestly, I was not teaching economics. Last August 16, I was teaching advanced Microsoft Excel concepts like Pivot Tables, Financial Functions, Data Table and Solver, which was included in the training course. The knowledge they have learnt in Excel will be used to analyze data they have for their training course. My audience was staff from finance ministries and central banks of the following countries:
- Brunei Darussalam
- People's Republic of China
- Lao PDR
- Viet Nam
A sample of their positions are Researcher, Finance Officer, Economist, Economic Analyst, Director, and Deputy Director General. I never imagined I would be training to these kinds of people.
When I was teaching Solver, it was a blast from my operations research studies in college. In college, I learnt how to compute linear programming models. Now I train people on how to use the tool that solves those models.
I had to mention about the linear programming model and non-negativity constraints. I could not help but discuss those topics because that may have been the closest experience of me teaching my college major. Given I have training experiences like this one, being that close would be enough.