5 Reasons to Pursue a Career in Early Childhood Education

Maybe you’re tempted, but you’re not sure if you should make the leap.

You may have been thinking about a career in early childhood education and learning, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you.

That’s ok. Starting a career, or making a career change, can be a big decision. It’s scary.

Particularly if you are going to undertake training. You don’t want to put in all that effort and find out it’s not a great industry to work in.

That’s why we’ve put together 5 reasons to pursue a career in early childhood and education.

Take a look and see why you should be considering a career in this industry today.

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Early childhood education is a growing industry that brings great adventures and satisfaction to the right people.

Not sure if you’re the right person?

Check out our infographic on the 7 signs you should be working in early childhood education.

Then come along to our next Information Night where you can meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see our great college facility! If you can’t make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

Go on, take the leap. It’s rewarding, fun and will fill you with happiness.

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The Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You To Follow Your Dreams

Following your dreams can be scary.

You wonder if you’ll be able to make it, or even if you should try.

It takes courage, determination and grit to decide to take control of your life and your destiny. Some days you wonder if it’s all worth it. Some days you wonder if you’ll ever get there.

I’m here to tell you that you can. And you will.

You are not alone. Everyone experiences self-doubt.

That’s why we’ve put together our top 10 quotes to inspire you take hold of your life and your dreams, and hold on tight.

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“Don’t wait. Life goes faster than you think.” ~ Unknown

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“Today is a perfect day to start living your dreams.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)

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“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

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“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.” ~ Unknown

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney

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“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with you dreams, or wake up and chase them.” ~ Unkown

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“Never be afraid of something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the titanic.” ~Unknown

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“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein

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“Every pro was once an amateur. Ever expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now.” ~ Unknown

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“If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.” ~ Unknown (Click to Tweet)

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How to Change Careers Without Losing Your Mind

Changing careers can be scary.

There’s a lot of unknowns, and a lot to worry about. It’s often difficult to work out what your options are – or even to believe you have options.

You see, a lot of us look at our career and our career options all wrong. We tend to think, “What’s the easiest way for me to earn a living with my existing skills and knowledge?”

And that’s the problem. Because that’s not the right question to ask, not if you want career fulfillment and satisfaction.

Instead, you have to dream a little. You have to ask yourself what you’d love to do, and then work out how to reach that goal.

There’s a process to changing career successful, which is why we’ve put together this infographic for you. It shows you the 7 Steps to Successful Career Change.

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Test The Waters

Test the waters of your new career in Early Childhood Education and Learning by getting in touch with us, or attending one of our information nights.

Information nights are a great opportunity to meet the trainers, ask questions about the course options and see for yourself our great college facility! If you cannot make it in person, register and dial in via webinar.

 

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6 Career Myths To Stop Believing, Now

There are a lot of career myths out there, and they could be holding you back.

We debunk six of the most common myths career myths so you can put them behind you and get on with following your dreams.

1.  You’ll Discover the Perfect Career

People often dream they’ll discover the ‘perfect’ career, even though they’re not sure what it is!

The problem is that every option they consider is imperfect in some way, so they keep discarding the options. They’re eternally stuck in a waiting room where the perfect door never opens, so they never make a move.

Stop searching for career perfection and start aiming to find something you’ll enjoy doing. (Click to Tweet)

2.  Career Change Is For Losers

There is a belief that you only change careers when you’re failing at what you’re doing. That’s a lie.

The truth is that careers are a bit like relationships, and sometimes they run their course. Sometimes you find yourself waking up and realising that you’ve grown apart – things aren’t working so well, and it’s time for a change.

That can be hard, but not as hard as putting up with something that’s no longer working for you.

3.  You Should Stick to What You Know

Saying you should stick to what you know is a mistake, particularly if it’s not satisfying you. That’s like saying you should never upgrade your mobile phone because you’ll have to adjust to a new one.

The truth is that your career needs upgrading any time it’s not meeting you needs – or when you can see a better option.

As one of our students recently wrote,

“I was trapped in [my previous role] and you went the extra mile to help place me in a position so I could study and change my present situation and my future.”

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4.  The Right Role Never Feels Like Work

The perfect job for you will be imperfect in some ways. It’s the old 80-20 rule in action.

The trick is to find a job where you enjoy 80% of the role and tolerate the 20% that’s not so much fun. Because the truth is that no job will allow you to do what you want when you want.

The perfect job is mostly enjoyable but it does feel like work for a small part of the time.

5.  You’ll Know What You Want To Be When You “Grow Up”

Your career is not a lightning bolt from the blue. Sure, some people experience clarity and know exactly what they want to do throughout their life, but most people don’t.

Most of us try different roles at different times – constantly building on our life experience. Don’t fight it – accept it. It’s OK to find something enjoyable to do now and make changes as you evolve.

6.  You Can’t Pursue Your Passion

Here’s a secret that most people don’t know. Most people are too scared to pursue their passion. They don’t dare to live their dreams in case they fail. (Click to Tweet)

Truly courageous people know that life is short and it’s better to pursue your passion than fail to follow your dream. Even if you fail to carry out your greatest dreams, you can try again, and again.

Character is built through perseverance.

Imagine The Possibilities

Some people say that Thomas Edison failed thousands of times when he was inventing the lightbulb. Ten thousand times, in fact.

Edison said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Imagine if he’d given up – we’d all be sitting around in the dark!

Here’s another secret you may not know. You have amazing possibilities in front of you, ripe for the picking.

One of our students wrote,

“I am overwhelmed at the thought of not only being offered full time work but to have the opportunity to be a part of this team… Thank you so very much”

 

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We support people to achieve their dreams, even when they think they can’t.

We can support you too, just give us a try.

 

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The Top 10 Rules for Success, According to Oprah Winfrey

Success can be elusive, not to mention hard work.

We can feel as though we’re constantly striving to get there, but making little headway. We can feel as though the journey is a long one.

We can also feel overwhelmed and confused, and that’s OK. It’s normal.

Whenever we want something like a career change or a qualification it can seem daunting. It’s easy to slip into thinking that it’s all too hard, or we’re not good enough, or we’ll never get there.

The truth is that everyone feels that from time to time. Even the most successful people in the world.

The path to success is not linear. It’s more like climbing Everest. (Click to Tweet)

There are sections of hard slog, and then you reach a plateau. You admire the view, pat yourself on the back and catch your breath.

There are sections where you go downhill and it seems like your hard work is unravelling.

And there is a big chunk in the middle where it feels like you’ve come too far to turn back, but the end is not yet in sight.

At any of these points what we need is a little inspiration. A pep talk from someone who’s been there.

A motivation boost from someone who’s worked hard, journeyed far, and made a big difference.

Who better for that than Oprah Winfrey? She has humble beginnings, she’s faced adversity, and she’s come out shining.

Here are her top 10 rules for success to help you aim for the stars, achieve your goals and change your life.

 

Oprah’s Top 10 Rules for Success are:

  1. Understand the next right move. (Click to Tweet)
  2. Seize your opportunity.
  3. Everyone makes mistakes. (Click to Tweet)
  4. Work on yourself.
  5. Run the race as hard as you can.
  6. Believe.
  7. We are all seeking the same thing.
  8. Find your purpose.
  9. Stay grounded.
  10. Relax, it’s going to be okay. (Click to Tweet)

 

 

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10 Inpirational Quotes That Will Make You Want to Change Careers

Sometimes even when all the signs are telling you that you need a change, you need some inspiration.

Some motivation to step away from the devil you know and start reaching for your dreams.

So, we’ve put together 10 inspirational quotes that will make you want to change careers.

We’ve also added links to the quotes so you can Tweet any you like. :-)

Enjoy!

 

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Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it time for a new start. ~ Unknown (click to Tweet)

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Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else. ~ George Halas (click to Tweet)

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Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

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Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. ~ Gloria Steinem (click to Tweet)

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Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it. ~ Katharine Whitehorn (click to Tweet)

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The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~ Steve Jobs (click to Tweet)

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. ~ Confucius (click to Tweet)

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If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try. ~ Seth Godin (click to Tweet)

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Whatever you are, be a good one. ~ Abraham Lincoln (click to Tweet)

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Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James (click to Tweet)

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5 Signs You’re Ready for A Career Change

Feeling a little … meh?

Everyone has the occasional work slump, so how do you know if you’re ready for a career change?

To help you know when the time is right, we’ve put together this list of 5 signs that you’re ready to change careers.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1.          You Feel Sick Every Monday

If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change.
Tweet: If you consider calling in sick every Monday morning then you need a career change. #KKTC

Everyone has experienced this at some stage, but if you feel this way every week then you’re in the wrong environment.

You spend about 10.3 years of your work at life, so make sure you enjoy it.

2.          You’re Unhappy and Unfulfilled

Is the work you’re doing fulfilling and satisfying, or is it ‘just a job’? Because ‘just a job’ gets tired pretty quickly.

The reason some people enjoy going to work is that they love what they do. They really, really love it.

If what you do for a living isn’t fulfilling, start working out what you should be doing instead.

3.          You Are Not Using Your Best Skills

If you use your best skills in your job, you’re likely to be happier. For example, if you love being with people but you work in front of a computer all day you’re unlikely to be content.

There’s always going to be some aspects of a job that you’re not mad about, but it should be a small part of the job. The positives should outweigh the negatives.

4.          You’ve Done Your Homework

If you’ve looked into your career options and worked out what area you want to move into, then you’re in a strong position. If not, then find out what sort of work might suit you (try this career quiz).

Once you’ve established what you’re good at, investigate the industry. For example, if you’re interested in working with children you can find out what qualifications you’ll need, and talk to people about working in the industry.

If you find a training provider who offers information nights be sure to go along. It will give you a fantastic insight into the sort of people you’ll be working with and the work environment you’ll experience.

5.          You Know Where You Want To Be

If you know what move you want to make career wise, well done! All you need to do is put a plan in place and start executing it.

Start by working out how you’re going to transition. Take into account any financial or educational impacts.

You may be able to study for your new career while continuing to work in your current job. You may even be able to negotiate a part-time arrangement with your current workplace, while you prepare for your new role.

Just Do It

Once you’ve worked out what move you want to make, and planned how you’ll make the transition … it can seem a little scary.

But you’ve done the thinking and the planning now is the time for action.

Don’t give in to your negative thoughts. Instead, trust yourself and take action.

You deserve to be happy at work. You deserve a career you love.

So don’t just dream it. Do It!

 

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7 Signs You Should Be Working In Early Childhood Education

Not everyone ‘just knows’.

Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives, or what they want to be ‘when they grow up’.

But not everyone does. Some of us know we want to do something meaningful, or something helpful – we’re just not sure what

And some of us need a change from what we have been doing.

Maybe your current job doesn’t satisfy you anymore. Or maybe you’ve started a family of your own and realise you’d like to work with children.

If you’ve been thinking about a career in early childhood education, here’s some signs that this could be the vocation for you.

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A Meaningful Career Choice

A career in early childhood education is rewarding and fulfilling. You need qualifications, but the right trainers support you to achieve your goals.

The key is to find the right place to get your training. Somewhere with flexible enrolments, awesome trainers and incredible support for their students.

Stop wondering what your new career could be like, and start finding out. Your new life is out there waiting for you.

All you have to do is reach out and grab it.

What are you waiting for? Make a start today, and begin living your dream tomorrow.

 

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5 Steps to Retaining Great Employees

They’re invaluable, aren’t they?

Great employees I mean. Particularly in the early learning environment.

It’s critical to retain great staff in our industry because kids need stability. They bond with their carers and get upset when they leave.

Unfortunately, we’re in an industry that tends to have high staff turnover.

But if you can change that, and hang on to your fabulous staff, that gives you a huge advantage. It can be a key point of difference between you and your competitors.

Reliable, loyal staff are not only a great advertisement for your business but a huge support to you too.

Being able to rely on your team means less stress – and often less work – for you because you can delegate.

So when you find good people, how do you make sure they stay with you? Here’s some strategies for retaining your top talent.

 

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Retain The Best

Don’t let the best people slip through your fingers. When you find them, hang on to them with both hands.

Nurture and support them, and invest in their development. It’s not always easy to find high-quality, industry-specific but that’s why we put together a Day With The Best 2016.

The Day With The Best is an annual event that brings together Australia’s leading experts and is set to become Australia’s foremost Professional Development Event for Early Childhood Educators.

Here’s what some people had to say about the 2016 event:

I’m so glad I was lucky enough to come. I can’t wait to implement it at work –  A. Barnes Kool Kids Nerang

Thanks for an inspiring, thought provoking day. I enjoyed every moment.” – T Eichmann TCS

The only dissapointing aspect was I could not attend all workshops!   – L. Bateman g8 Education

Reserve your interest in the Day With The Best 2017 by leaving a comment below.

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7 Reasons to Invest in Staff Training and Development

It’s an easy mistake to make.

Skimping on staff training, I mean. But it causes a lot of problems.

It can result in poor staff performance, not to mention guilt.

You know what I mean.

That horrible feeling of self-recrimination. The remorse that comes from knowing we’re at least a little to blame for a staff member underperforming.

Just because we trimmed the training budget.

The trick is to learn from the situation. Learn and move on, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

And the first thing you need to understand are all the reasons why it’s critical to invest in staff training and development.

This infographic covers everything you need to know.

Reasons to invest in PD

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

One of the most challenging aspects of working in the early learning space is that it can be hard to find high-quality professional development.

That’s why we put together a Day With The Best.

The Day With The Best is an annual event that’s set to become Australia’s foremost Professional Development Event for Early Childhood Educators.

Here’s what some people had to say about the 2016 event:

I’m so glad I was lucky enough to come. I can’t wait to implement it at work –  A. Barnes Kool Kids Nerang

A Fantastic opportunity to engage in PD to inspire and reignite passion in an early childhood educator. Ran very smoothly. Panel was a great idea to allow presentors to show perspectives – T Abbott Le Smileys

The only dissapointing aspect was I could not attend all workshops!   – L. Bateman g8 Education

Reserve your interest in the Day With The Best 2017 by leaving a comment below.