Mislead into position.
Cons: stress, anxiety, misleading, salesman roles, no cross training, 2 year probation period, no family/work balance as promised.
I worked as an instructor at FVTC. I was mislead into the position and was told later of the expectations of the positions. After I had already relocated my family from another state. I made the most of it and attempted to accomplish the expectations of the instructor position anyway. After I relocated, I was told that my salary was solely dependent on the contracts I brought in to FVTC. I accepted the position as an instructor and not as a salesman for the college. My co-workers offered little help since they were on common ground with me as an contract trainer/instructor. Competition to land contracts to make good with the salary goal mind set kept the team work to a minimum. Only helped when they felt they needed to.
Long hours that did NOT offer the family/work balance I was told I would have. No matter how long I worked or how much I did, it never seemed like it was enough to the department lead person and dean.
Also, was told that I had to "self train" myself on machinery I was not familiar with. Cross training was not part of their initiatives for new instructors. I had to accomplish an impossible amount of responsibilities to the position set forth upon me. Teach courses, Contract Train, Self train on machinery, Locate potential clients and attempt to maintain a healthy family/work balance. It was not possible. I truly believe I was setup for failure by my dean and lead person. Hence, why I no longer work at FVTC.
On the positive side, I gained experience as an instructor and did get to meet people in the field. FVTC does pay their instructors very well. Yet, one – more... must ask oneself is the money worth it ?
If acting in the role of a salesman is your thing, then maybe this is the right position for you. I would lean on the side of caution if you shall decide to pursue a career at FVTC. Make sure you have them explain ALL the expectations and responsibilities of the position before you make any decision to accept the position.
If your goal is to be an instructor and work with students. You will be disappointed with this position as it will demand other responsibilities such as being expected to contract train as a salesman trainer/instructor and work long hrs with very little to any support in terms of cross training.
When I worked at FVTC, I had more stress and anxiety in my life then I ever had. Just sharing my experience. Take it for what it is.
Ultimately, everyone is different and has to make their own decisions. FVTC was not for me. Maybe, it is for you.
Good luck. – less