Our Education Manager, Angela Ngavaine, Shares How OAC Has Supported Her Professional Journey
Share with us your recent academic achievements and what motivated you to take this journey?
I recently completed my Master’s in Leadership with Deakin University’s School of Business. I have always found leadership fascinating and also so pivotal to the success of any organisation, service or team. I chose business leadership as I wanted to step out of my comfort zone of Education and open my mind to leadership as an art form for individuals. I have been lucky enough to have some amazing leaders throughout my career who have influenced this passion and challenged me to think more deeply about my role as a leader.
How did OAC’s Education Assistance Program support you on this journey?
I was lucky enough to have a significant contribution to my studies from OAC which made the opportunity to study affordable. Additionally, I was very grateful to have support with some study days which meant that I could use those days to complete the research component of the master’s degree.
In what other ways has Only About Children supported your continued learning and development?
I have been lucky enough to have many learning and development opportunities at OAC. I have attended sector conferences and forums including the 2019 Early Childhood World forum in Macau, China. I’m lucky to work with sector leaders in planning for learning and development for our teams, contributing to sector groups and partnerships. I have found that when I have looked for opportunities to learn, grow and develop OAC has always supported these endeavours.
What advice do you have for those wanting to take the next step in their career?
My advice would be to take the leap. Do it for yourself. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to. When we choose education as our career we commit to lifelong learning. Whatever you want to grow your own skills and mastery in, just do it. Education is a gift that we often take for granted. The biggest reward I find is it gives me confidence in myself and my skills and knowledge. I can then continue to evolve as an educator and citizen of the world.
Read more about careers with Only About Children OAC’s Unique Education Assistance Program and The Importance Of A Holistic Approach For Both Educators and Children.