Rachel (QLD)


What’s it like to study while you’re working as an educator
I studied for my Certificate III while completing my high school studies in Year 12. I found my passion was always centred around my traineeship, focusing on how to become the best educator I could be. While completing my Diploma, I took a few breaks to allow myself time for other experiences. Once I returned to my studies, I felt supported by my trainer to complete my Diploma quickly and to a high standard. Completing qualifications while working can be tricky, but I always had a great support system behind me, pushing me along. 

What’s your favourite memory of childhood?
I grew up on cattle properties. I also remember having lots of different animal as pets and caring for them with my sister. We used to go and help my parents out in the paddock as well. It was lots of fun growing up in the bush. As a child, I was brought up to be independent and strong. I believe this has helped me become the person I am today.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from the children you work with?
That all families are different—no one has the same upbringing—and that being open-minded and communicating well with families will help dramatically. If the family is confident and comfortable with the educator, the children will be as well.