If you're thinking about an area of study to commit to you're probably weighing up which course will actually help you to secure a career. After all, studying is an investment that will cost you in both time and money (unless you're eligible to study for free), so you need to feel confident that your course will help you to secure career.
While securing a career in childcare will depend largely on your personal attributes, dedication and life experience, formalising your commitment with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education will help you to put your best foot forward.
Is studying Childcare a good idea? Well, here are quick few facts to consider
- Over 1.3 million children attend a government approved Childcare centre in Australia
- Due to more women entering, and returning to the workforce childcare is a growing industry
- Children need people to look after them, not robots
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help decided if studying for a career in childcare is a smart move for you.
1. Do you love children?
There's no two ways about it. You need to absolutely love children in order to even think about a career in childcare. Children are gorgeous and sweet, they make you smile and will help you to find the simple things in life enjoyable. However, they are dependent on the adults around them to help them with everything, from sitting up to eating, toileting to sleeping, they are busy exploring everything they can get their hands on. It's hard work being the person to help our little researchers go about their mission of learning.
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2. Are you willing to study?
It is a legal requirement that in order to work in a childcare facility that you need to have either completed or be studying towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. The certificate takes about 12 months to complete and you will also need to complete 120 hours of hands on work experience. Venture Education offers fully flexible study options including online study which means you can keep doing what you're doing while working towards your new qualification.
3. Do you want to work your way up?
Some people study for years on end to then be able to enter the workforce into a senior position. However, if you're more of a hands-on learner (and don't want to spend 8-10 years studying) then working in childcare could be a great fit for you. In the childcare industry you work your way up from a Certificate III, to a Diploma, Advanced Diploma all the way through to a Bachelor's Degree. As you increase your level of qualification you will also be in good stead to apply for promotions, working your way up through the ranks.
So, what are you waiting for?
Childcare is a booming industry that is projected to continue to grow, offering security to the workforce. So if you love children, and you're prepared to put your head down and study then it's likely that a career in childcare is a smart move for you. What's even better is that a career in childcare is just the start. If you decided you want to keep progressing your career the sky's the limit as to what you can achieve in the education field if you keep working and studying to reach new goals.
Check out our eBook, How to Have an Amazing Career in Childcare.
Are you a mover and shaker? Contact us now to find out how you can secure your work experience and become qualified within 12 months.