Teaching was something I always wanted to do — even as a little girl — but I never took the opportunity to pursue it. Raising five children and being self employed took all my time, and left little room for study. I did consider studying teaching externally when the children were young, but it was going to take 8 years which seemed horrendous at the time, so I chose to pursue other options.
I’ve had a range of occupations over the years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) in July 2012. But the catalyst for my teaching career came earlier this year, when I spoke to two different people who both told me this was the final year you could do the Grad Dip in Education in one year. That made me realise I was too young to do nothing, and I’ve always wanted to be a teacher so I figured if I don’t do it now I would always regret it.
The Grad Dip has been both challenging and rewarding, and relies on personal commitment and resilience to get through. I’ve found the lecturers and tutors to be knowledgeable and approachable, which has been an important aspect in coping with the pressures of a packed curriculum and high assessment demand. There’s a high standard of work that is expected, so for anyone thinking of doing this course I’d make them aware of the commitment that’s required. That said, to anyone with the determination and desire to succeed, I would say take the risk — it is absolutely worth the effort!
I believe education is the most empowering thing we can have — it contributes to personal growth, better relationships, and stronger communities. So if I can help others to achieve, I feel I am making a valuable contribution not only to individual lives, but to society as a whole.
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Last ever intake for one-year course - Semester 1, 2017. Apply now.