What are the qualities or characteristics that make you an ideal person to work with young people?

by k

In one word: patience. I am a patient person. If I need to explain something repeatedly and in different ways I am more than willing to do so as long as I have an audience. I like to see this effort reciprocated from the student too as it makes it easier to stay motivated for longer. I think when we give students hope and show optimism, it is more likely that they are motivated to learn. I also have experience working in the industry so I can draw from my experience in both academia and in the software industry so that is also a plus.

In conclusion though, beyond my educational background and professional work experience, the most important things are patience and empathy.