Nadia Zedan, Interior Designer & VET teacher

Nadia Zedan (28 years old) obtained an EQF Level 4  Interior Design qualification in 2012 at Alfa-college, Groningen, Netherlands.
Currently she runs her own company and works as a part-time teacher at her former VET school,  Alfa-College.

Could you briefly describe your current position?

I work for two days a week as a teacher of 3D Drawing and digital education at the Interior Design department of Alfa College. I am working also on a Project to get more girls interested in technical work eg use of digital resources in your daily work.

How did you get there? 

I worked as an interior sales advisor in a kitchen company, I started as a student in sales, but I was good in drawing and stayed there for work for a few days after graduating. In the mean time I started  my own company as an interior architect, NadiaDesign. I combined the two jobs. One of my old teachers at Alfa College contacted me to deliver some guest lectures. After a few monts they asked me for disease replacement. I liked the work so much that I decided to stay. It is not a full-time job, so I try to get more work for my own company.

Looking back, what’s the most valuable aspect of your VET School experience?

I could work at the VET school about issues where my passion lays. It was important for my personal employment. I learned that I was good in advise and digital skills e.g. 2D drawing. That was a greath insight for me.

Would you recommend your VET school to others? Why?

Yes, it’s a nice school and with good job opportunities. Good and enthusiastic teachers.

Do you (or would you like to) stay in touch with your former VET School? How? Why?

Yes, to get informed about new developments. We haven`t this at the moment, but I would also like to meet and network with other alumni.

Any role models in your professional sector?

I haven’t got a special role model.

What would be the next step in your professional career?

So as I said before I try to get more work for my own company. So there is more balance in my work as a teacher and as an entrepreneur.


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