I was asked on carecareers: What qualification do you have and how long did it take for you to finish your study?
When I finished school I wasn’t sure where I wanted to focus my career. My parents encouraged me to attend University until I made up my mind. As a compromise I studied externally and worked in retail so I still had some money to socialise with my friends. In this time I completed an Associate Degree in Law.
Not really having much interest or even confidence to work in a law firm, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Science. This time I studied internally and only worked part time. I was working as a Support Worker in a local childcare centre supporting a few children with disability attending the centre to actively participate in the program.
Once I completed this degree I started working full time in a non government organisation that supported people with disability. After working for about 12 months I decided to enrol in a Master of Social Science, focusing on human services management. I completed this part time whilst working in the field.
All up, I studied for quite a few years, but that is mainly because I was not really sure ‘what I wanted to do when I grew up’, and some of the study was part time. In saying that, I am not someone who would ‘do it differently’ if I turned back the clock. The journey has been what has contributed to me being who I am today. We all have our own journey to follow.
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