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We recently caught up with ACE graduates from across our College community to talk careers, motivation, pathways and ultimate goals. Check it out. What they have to say is refreshingly good stuff so we are sharing. Click open the latest Raise the Bar view-book and get ready to be inspired!
DIPLOMA EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE
My friend had done a course with ACE and she thought it would be a great place for me to begin my training. It’s really close to home, so I looked it up on the internet and then came to the College to find out some more information. The team here made all the difference.
I did this course for my young daughter – I wanted her to look at me and be proud of my achievements. Within the first 40 hours of work placement I was offered a job, wow! I didn’t think I was good enough, and was nervous when starting. But after that, I knew not only my daughter would be proud, I was proud of myself. I felt more confident and proved to myself that I could do it.
All students with English as a second language like me feel nervous about joining classes. I would encourage anyone thinking the same way to not be afraid, don’t let it hold you back. Just look at me – you can do it!
My wife completed her study with ACE and really enjoyed the experience. So when I needed to gain new qualifications for my career change I went with the College. Their proven track record and the different flexible study options really helped with a busy schedule. I did my entire qualification through the evening class option.
The class atmosphere is so positive. Everyone, instructor included had fun while in class. I loved the learning.
You know, to anyone siting on the fence today I would say, take the chance and start something for yourself. Once settled into my new job I will be back at ACE to upgrade my skills. Onwards and upwards!
After returning back to the workforce from being a stay home mum I wanted to continue my love of teaching however I needed to further my studies and engage with the emerging new curriculum.
With ACE I thought yes I can continue my studies and yes they will be there for me. I completed my Diploma through flexible learning which meant I could work at the same time and be there for my family. My mentor was a gem. I would text her all hours of the day asking her questions and she would get back to me soon after which was a big help. I felt like I was sitting in the classroom.
I recently opened up my own Family Day Care “My Early Years” where I offer individual care and learning for each child.
My background is in finance, but I decided on a complete career turnaround. The College in Lismore gave me the perfect opportunity to upgrade, improve my skills and gain my Certificate III. I knew from the first day that I was going to get the training I needed. The trainer was fantastic, she made perfect sense.
This new career path means I can contribute something valuable to the community I live in. The care sector is definitely a growth field. Within four weeks I secured as much work as I needed. I’m part way through my Certificate IV in Aged Care and will be looking to combine my Degree in Music into my work in the Care sector as I go forward.