I know how all of you Bees are feeling!! I am currently studying towards a 3 year Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and am starting my second year in March. I left school in 2008, and did a 6month long Certificate in Early Childhood Education From January 2010, through to June 2010, and then had a 6month long break before starting a year long Level 5 Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika) in February 2011. I origionally intended on doing the certificate and then going on to do my bachelor, but, the place that I did my certificate told us (at my graduation) that they were developing a bachelor of Early Childhood, and that we could cross credit from the Diploma into the seond year of the bachelor. They also told me that they (a small polytechnic) were on good terms with all of the Universities and that we would be able to cross credit everything from the diploma into a University bachelor. Then, while I was in the middle of doing the diploma, they decided to tell us that they weren’t going ahead with the bachelor anymore I then applied to a university and gained entry into their Bachelor of Teaching, BUT, I wasn’t able to cross credit a thing!!!! So, last year, most of the papers I did I had ALREADY done grrr!!!
It also gets to me because everyone I know from school who went to university or studied have already graduated, and are constantly posting pictures of them in their gowns and getting their parchment And, whenever I tell anyone I’m doing my Bachelors they look really confused and exclaim “But you’ve been studying FOREVER”
I also worry about the job market, and having to compete with so many people. When I first started studying there was a shortage of Qualified Early Childhood Teachers, and the Government put out notices and publications on the benefits of Early Childhood, which made parents send their children to centres. They also were going to make it regulatory for all centres to have at least 80% of their staff fully qualified (at least a Level 7 Diploma) which included all of the cooks, cleaners, administrators etc in this 100 percentile. And, with that, there was an influx of people going into university to study early childhood. Now, the Government have decided that only 50% of teachers in a centre should be qualified, which means that some centres would rather hire unqualified people because they aren’t required to pay them as much (without being qualified you can get paid about $14-15 an hour, partially qualified teachers/people in my position get $18-$22 an hour, and fully qualified teachers get $25-$35 an hour, depending on the centre or age group they work with, or position) This is super worrying for me Also, after gaining employment, a fully qualified teacher can apply for teacher registration after a year of working in a centre, and which takes 2 years to complete.
Gahhh, I just want to graduate and work NOW! And get married sooner, it feels so far away!
Also, I’m looking at a loan of about $30,000