Adult Learners Week 2013: Child’s Play
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Childcare practitioner Angelika Georgandis left behind a career in Business Administration to pursue her dream of working in Early Years. Thirty-two-year-old Angelika explains why she loves working in this challenging, yet incredibly rewarding, sector.
“I’ve most enjoyed learning about a child’s environment, their development and how we - as individuals - can affect their lives in a positive and beneficial way,” says Angelika, as she reflects on her developing career. Angelika first enrolled on Children & Young People’s Workforce Level 3 at Seevic College in 2011. After successfully completing her course, she then progressed on to the Foundation Degree in Early Years programme starting in September 2012.
Nurturing her first child at home was what inspired Angelika to pursue a change of career. “I was working at a firm of solicitors as a receptionist but I found it a bit mundane and boring, to be honest,” she says. “I had my son and, from being with him and teaching him at home, thought this is something I would really like to do every day – it could be something that would make it exciting to wake up each morning.”
The Children & Young People’s Workforce Level 3 course at Seevic College provides overall understanding of the practice that surrounds caring for children. Meanwhile, the Foundation Degree in Early Years is designed specifically for individuals who are already working in the Early Years sector.
Angelika now studies one day per week at the College while spending a further two-days volunteering at St Hilda’s School in Westcliff-on-Sea. “Our tutors are really enthusiastic and you can tell they really want you to do well,” she explains.
“The Foundation Degree course is interesting, engaging and focuses on how you as an individual can have a positive influence on children. It’s amazing to learn how you can enrich the lives of others.” She adds: “Working while studying gives you that vital experience you need - everything I learn I can implement in my role at work.”
So what does Angelika believe the future holds for her? “Eventually I’d like to work with children with Special Educational Needs,” she says. “If children don’t have a positive experience at school it can map the rest of their lives. So, if I could get in there early and help, that’s what I’d like to do.”
Inspired by Angelika’s story? Click the links below to find out more:
• Children and Young People's Workforce Level 3
• Foundation Degree in Early Years
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