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A Truly Rewarding And Progressive Career

Nerida Sternbeck shares her 10-year career journey at Only About Children. Highlighting the steps she has taken to progress in a career that she is so passionate about.
A Truly Rewarding And Progressive Career A Truly Rewarding And Progressive Career

Can you share the steps you took to progress your career as an Educator?

After finishing my HSC I stepped into a traineeship at Oac.  I was super excited to start my traineeship. With an open mind, I was able to learn lots of valuable skills and techniques which I still carry with me today. As part of my traineeship, I received my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education. I could not wait to further my skills so after my traineeship I started a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I learnt a lot of hands-on skills working every day surrounded by wonderful mentors and fellow team members.

After my Diploma, I decided to take the next step in further enhancing my career by enrolling in a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) Degree with the University of New England (via distance education). Over the next 4 years, I worked extremely hard. A huge sense of satisfaction and achievement was felt on the day I proudly walked on stage to receive my degree. I was super proud of my efforts.  I am looking forward to what the future holds as I continue to develop my career as an Early Childhood Educator at Only About Children.

What has been your greatest win as an Early Childhood Educator?

My greatest win would have to be my journey. I stepped straight out of high school and started a traineeship. Over the years I worked hard to become a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. Along the way, I have learnt so much. I have gained so many new skills and feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work in such a fun, motivated and supportive environment.

What motivates you every day?

Every day is so different and so rewarding. I look forward to what each new day is going to bring. The children, families and the team that I work with motivate me to be the best Educator that I can be. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by a great group of people who have always supported, guided and encouraged me to achieve my best.

Every day as I start my shift, I look forward to welcoming the children and families into the campus. I love seeing their excited and happy faces ready to begin their day. When a child achieves something new it is the best feeling in the world. I am overcome with a sense of pride and achievement as I realise that I have taught, supported and guided the child to achieve this goal.

What is your advice for anyone looking to enter the sector?

Do it! You certainly won’t be disappointed. Early childhood education is one of the most rewarding careers and I am so glad that I took that leap 10 years ago. To look back on all of my achievements over the last 10 years makes me feel super proud. I look forward to creating many more memories, building trusting relationships and more educating children to allow them to achieve their best.

 

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