At our latest Careers and Recruitment Expo, Sage students were asked to share their stories for a chance to win tickets to be in the audience of the AFL Footy Show and The Project. The submissions were assessed and the four most interesting and inspiring stories received not just the tickets, but also a glimpse of fame with their stories published on the relevant Sage Institute blog page!
Sage Institute of Child Care student and competition winner, Mikayla Ward’s story is presented, in her own words, below. Mikayla’s journey shows that sometimes the road to your career can be challenging and unclear; but by taking advice from those you love and looking closely at things you enjoy in everyday life, finding your motivation – and the key to your future – is possible. Here’s Mikayla’s story…
I guess my story starts in year 10 at school. My whole life I wanted to work with animals, but I had a bad experience on my work placement that made me realise that veterinary work was not my calling. It took me a year and a bit to work out what I wanted to do. My Mum’s best friend brought her grandchildren over one day and that was the day I found my true calling: childcare.
“I had no motivation to do anything else, but when I was around children I felt happy and was motivated to actually get off the couch.”
In high school I had a few problems and I wasn’t a really great student on the attendance front. There was a few times that I was told that if I didn’t come to school and do the work I was given, I would have to repeat a year. It nearly got to that point, and if my Mum hadn’t helped me and pushed me to go to school, I would still be in high school. My Mum asked the teachers at my school to give me a second chance, and I took that chance to actually finish school and feel proud of myself.
During year 11 and 12 at school, I did the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). With VCAL you had to do a course and work placement twice a week. For my course I did a Certificate II in Community Services with a child care focus and I just loved it. As a part of this course we had to do one day a week of work placement and I chose to do mine at an occasional care centre. I really enjoyed it and the experience was great – I learnt so much!
When I passed all my subjects and was told I could graduate all that stress I had from school felt like nothing. My mum was so proud of me and I was so thankful that she pushed me and helped me.
After graduation, I did what most teenagers do after graduating, catch up on sleep! I didn’t know what to do with the future “me” yet. I looked online for courses but nothing was sticking out at me. It wasn’t till I saw an advertisement for Sage Institute of Child Care on the TV that I knew maybe this could be the course for me. So I put in an inquiry in online and about 10 minutes later I received a call from a Sage representative.
“I think it finally sunk in that I might be starting a child care course at Sage in a couple of weeks time, when I was asked to come in for an interview. I went to the interview, and just like that I was in! I was so happy to know I was accepted.”
I started about three weeks later and I was nervous to say the least. I was going into a new with no-one that I knew. When I walked in there, I looked at everyone and I was so shy. It wasn’t until someone started talking to me that I got over my shyness and was able to fit in.
“In this course I have made a lot of new friends and I am learning so much. I can’t wait to finish and see what the future holds…”
Sage Institute of Child Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.
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