Becoming an Educator to Foster Lifelong Learning
05 Nov 2021
We talked to Kellie, who is studying a Bachelor of Education, about her passion to develop her teaching skills so she can provide her local children the support that they need to become lifelong learners. After much deliberation she took the plunge to change career once she discovered she enjoyed working with young children.
Kellie tells her story…
What began as a change of direction of employment, became an opportunity to study my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and work within the Kindergarten context. I discovered that I really enjoyed working with children in this age group and after much deliberation decided to undertake a Bachelor in Early Education. I am motivated to continue with my degree as I find satisfaction in developing my knowledge and skills based on the most recent research to provide children with early education that supports their development holistically, which are the foundations for their success as lifelong learners.
The biggest challenge as a regional student, has been learning how to navigate learning online. With little experience in technology, I have had to learn many new skills and learn how to write academically to meet university expectations. I have generally stumbled through this on my own.
I believe the CUC Balonne is crucial to regional students success, as having a dedicated hub with flexible times, the latest technology, reliable internet and face to face support via the centre manager and fellow students relieves the pressure of studying alone. Being able to access support and advice, locally, increases student’s ability to successfully complete any level of study they are undertaking.
The laptop that I was fortunate enough to win, through CUC and NBN, will help me as I now have a device that I can allocate solely to my studies. This will provide flexibility, particularly around my family’s busy lifestyle, as I will be able to study on the go and use it at the CUC Balonne.
I encourage other regional and rural people that are considering study, to go for it. Whilst taking on study can be challenging; the rewards far outweigh this and with the new CUC Balonne the time is right as the support offered, privileges our regional community with support parallel to urban communities.
Kellie studies a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at the University of Southern Queensland.
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