Kathy had been working in Early Childhood Services for more than 21 years. It had been a great job that helped her be with her three children as they grew up.
Her employment was full-time, and she was comfortable in her career. When her last child was finishing University, she became aware that it was her time for a change, to have a new interest.
She decided to leave her comfort zone and try something different. At first, it was all new and fresh, a different pace in the adult world outside of working with younger 3 to 5-year-old children. However, she seemed to be looking for a challenge, and not long after, she decided to re-educate herself.
She reached out locally and heard about John Henry Institute at St Agnes Catholic Parish in Port Macquarie. She enrolled in a Skill Set in Educational School-Based Support; this is the training required to be a Teacher’s Aide. Similar, yet still very different to her qualifications, it was a perfect career change.
Very soon after starting her study, she reached out to schools to see if there was work as a casual. There was a lot of work, and she quickly became employable as a casual worker for three local primary schools. She says,” The study, in the beginning, was very relevant, and as the units moved into observing older children from kinder to year six and working beside the teacher, it became more interesting and exciting to know she could help both the child to learn and the teacher to be supported. Conversations, curriculum, and intervention happen every day, making work interesting and fun”.
At 54 years of age, trying something different and the new experiences in the schools, Kathy has really embraced mature age learning, even if it is more towards ‘her’ end of working career. She says, “It has been wonderful and would recommend JHI for training and support for anyone seeking a new job or career change”.
“Go on, give something new a try; it’s worth it!”