Early childhood education career beckons Suzanne

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Early childhood education career beckons Suzanne


Suzanne Wingfield in the library at USC

10 September 2014

Suzanne Wingfield of Bray Park is pursuing her lifelong dream of working with children by studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at USC.

Suzanne, 37, had previously worked in office administration and the transport industry for 15 years – often doing 12-hour days.

This year, with two children aged 5 and 3, she decided the long work hours had to stop and it was time for a career change.

“I’m really looking forward to when I’m teaching and doing the same hours and having the same holidays as my kids when they’re at school,” she said.

Suzanne admits that after decades away from study it was a bit daunting at first.

“I discovered you just have to climb out of your shell a bit and ask questions,” she said. “All of the lecturers and tutors at USC are always very helpful and friendly.

“I think as a mature-aged student I’m more determined to do well now than I might have done as a teenager. I’m really enjoying it and trying to talk some of my friends and family into studying at USC too.”

Suzanne travels to the USC campus at Sippy Downs four days a week using a University shuttle bus service that runs between North Lakes and USC.

“It’s quicker and definitely cheaper than travelling to a university in Brisbane,” she said.

— Jane Cameron

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