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You know what? When you’re a kid, the world is at your fingertips. I once taught a class of prep kids and chatted to them about what they may want to be when they grew up (all the while trying to wrangle scissors and glue and glitter and hoping they’d create something at least resembling a Kandinsky) and let me tell you, you get no shortage of career choice. Police Officer, ballerina, teacher, pilot… err... a banana (no comment, but someone needs to break it gently to that particular cherub that they maaaay need an alternative) and it triggered the memory for me that when I was young, I actually dreamt of being a children’s book illustrator.
Well, I didn’t quite get there - I decided to follow in the footsteps of my mother and become an art teacher instead. However, with people changing their careers an average of six times in their lives, at least we know we can always find courses to suit at institutions such as Open Universities Australia.
The best thing about Open Universities Australia, apart from the fact that they offer a multitude of courses in all sorts of fields online, is the incredible amount of support they provide their students. Not sure what to study? Check out some recommended study path. You can also suggest your area of interest or dream job and they will provide the course needed for that particular career. Feeling overwhelmed? Open Universities Australia offer Smarthinking, which is free online tutoring support and preparatory units to ease you into the world of academic writing and research. Other support services include, access to HECS and FEE HELP, scholarships and student counselling. Bonus! Open Universities Australia is dedicated to helping people overcome any real or perceived barriers that they feel are in the way of their dream goal.
I often wonder if I’ll continue to be a teacher for the rest of my working life. While I currently love my tenth year of teaching secondary kids the ins and outs of photography, I definitely have other interests that I may want to pursue as a career path in the future. As Open Universities Australia states - your best days are ahead of you, and it’s reassuring to know that if I choose to study in the future, I’ll have all the support in the world to do so.
Wanna know more? Check out the website for Open Universities Australia, or find them on their Facebook Page or Twitter.
Ok, now spill. Tell me.. what’s your dream job? Can you see yourself there in the future?