A lecturer is an academic who has chosen to tutor higher education pupils in a particular area of knowledge. Normally employed at a College or University level a lecturer is there primarily as someone that guides and nurtures students on their assignments and exams.
Lecturers differ from primary or secondary school teachers in the sense that they very often work at a professional level in the field they lecture in, or have had a lot of previous experience in it. This means a job as a lecturer can be part time although full time positions are often available.
The position is very much aimed at recruiting someone who can impart expert first hand knowledge to the student body, so a Post Compulsory Education and Training Certificate is normally required to practice.
For more vocational courses and training employers such as colleges and training centres recruiters will be looking for lecturers who can practically demonstrate the skills and experience needed for the chosen fields pupils are looking to pursue a career in.
Lecturers need to demonstrate a natural manner with young people and be prepared to hold lively debates that hold pupils attention to ensure they are absorbing the subject matter.