After some serious thinking, I decided that I needed a change – a change of lifestyle and career – so that I would have more time with my daughter. I decided to study this year after volunteering in my daughters school and being a parent reading helper in her class last year. I had a ball.

It got me thinking – and then one fateful day, someone mentioned a Teacher’s Aide course. Within the week, I found out there was a course starting the next week. I applied and was accepted. Low and behold, I was on my way back to college and what an eye opener. Getting my brain back into study mode was hilarious, except it wasn’t and on many occasions, I felt completely out of my depth.

It was a fast tracked course – 17 weeks of intense learning at college as well 50+ hours of Vocational practice at a school for ‘hands on learning’ with real students (kids). Then there were the assignments – some of which were fairly straight forward and then there were tasks where research and reading was par for the course. – well, in this case, the assignment.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I can proudly say, that after a few months hard work – especially in the last two weeks – all of my assignments passed muster. When the paperwork comes through, I will be a Certified Teacher’s Aide.

And it is thanks to my family and friends who gave me such love, guidance and support that helped me through, especially my beautiful, six year old daughter who sat beside me as we did our homework together.

I wanted my daughter to know that no matter how old you are, you never stop learning – she smiled and said, “Mummy, I’m proud of you.” – in that moment, with those 4 simple little words said, the hard work was just so worth it!

Posted by chezj, 14th June 2013

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  • i think that is so inspiring! you are a great role model for your child


  • Too true! You’re never to old to learn.


  • It’s amazing how you can change your life when you come across something you love. Well done.


  • Congratulations good on you . Very clever


  • Thank you for the kind words SarahJaneDreamer and best of luck with your Diploma! It was an amazing feeling and I look forward to reading about your success.


  • Congratulations! It feels good, making the choice to be more satisfied in our careers and be closer to our children. I am studying art, and then diploma of Edu. to be an art teacher in high school. I hope my kids will be happy to see me in school as yours will be, and not cringe, lol, at their crazy arty Mumma.


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