Published on 3 May 2016
A former Sydney legal secretary living at Scarborough has graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Lyndal West, 33, started work this year as a teacher at Undurba State School, Murrumba Downs. She attended her graduation ceremony at USC’s Sippy Downs campus last month.
Lyndal won her teaching position through a state education system interview process after completing her final internship at the school as part of her USC degree last year.
“After the interview, I was offered a job working as a Year 2 teacher on my preferred part-time basis,” she said.
“This has allowed me to achieve the balance of being a mother to two young children and working as a beginning teacher. As I move into my second term, the experience has been invaluable, working alongside a supportive team in a large state school.”
Ms West decided to study at USC as a lifestyle and career change after she moved to Queensland from her previous role at a Sydney law firm.
“I love the beach, paddleboarding, skateboarding and surfing and I figured a university that could offer that lifestyle while studying would be the best choice for me,” she said.
“I enjoyed the smaller, community vibe at USC and talked to lecturers, tutors and course administrators with ease.
“When I became a first-time parent, their support was crucial. That included understanding that I needed to feed my newborn during lectures and tutorials.
“My studies helped lay a theoretical foundation to my everyday work, highlighted my understanding of some of the current ‘buzz’ words in the field of education, and set me up for a successful interview and employment.”
Ms West hopes to return to USC to study social work or law, with a focus on child safety.
For more information about mid-year enrolments at USC go to www.usc.edu.au/learn/
— Julie Schomberg
Photo credit: Silver Rose Photography.