Inspired to teach children during the most important developmental years of their lives, Emily pursued a career in early childhood education.
The theory and knowledge you learn during your degree, as well as the practical skills you learn on the job and the relationships you form, put you in a really good position when you graduate.
I’ve always wanted to work with children in some career capacity, but whether it would be in the health or education fields I wasn’t quite sure. I’ve always believed that children are powerful, exciting, energetic and capable, and after doing work experience with prep children during high school I discovered that I enjoy helping children grasp new ideas and reach those ‘lightbulb moments’.
I started a health science degree after high school and learnt how important the first five years of a child’s life are for their brain development, and I decided I wanted a career where I could positively impact children’s lives and shape their futures every day.
Professional practice placements have definitely been the highlight of the degree so far. In my second year, I was offered a placement position and have been working there ever since, supporting my study and allowing me to apply my knowledge to the workplace every week. The theory you learn at university, combined with the practical knowledge you get from work placement, will set you apart from other graduates looking to enter the workforce.
The lecturers at RMIT have been so helpful and welcoming of people reaching out to them for help and support, even after graduation, so I feel like I will be supported well after I finish my formal studies.
A good teacher is somebody who never stops learning themselves. They view children as capable and understand that they all learn differently and have unique skills and abilities, and therefore tailor their curriculum to meet each child’s needs. A good teacher also appreciates children’s creativity and imagination and teaches children in ways that are fun, exciting and engaging.