I achieved an A grade from my HNC in Early Education in Childcare and then went to University of the West of Scotland where I achieved a BA Childhood Studies with Distinction. Throughout each year of my undergraduate studies I was also awarded for my academic successes and for attaining the highest within my cohort. It was these successes and acknowledgments that made me realise that I wanted to achieve a career in teaching. I also wanted to influence and teach students in Further Education who may be considering working in the childcare sector and this programme gave me that very opportunity to become a fully qualified lecturer.
I have always had a passion for teaching. Prior to my studies at the University of Stirling I worked as senior practitioner at a private nursery in Castle Douglas. I thoroughly enjoyed caring for the children and supporting them in their development; it was such a rewarding job.
I discovered the TQFE course through a Careers advice session from my previous university. The Preservice programme of the TQFE provided me with the experience and skills required to become an effective lecturer. What really sold the course was the fact that it would enable me to become a registered educator with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
The placement experience was another key factor that brought me to the University. The opportunity gave me a ‘real life’ ‘hands on’ experience of what was involved in the daily life of a teacher in the Further Education sector. It was a highly valuable experience and I developed my confidence and skills in lecturing college students who were studying childcare.
My new teaching qualification has opened up many doors and opportunities for me. I now have the best experiences of both worlds being a fully qualified lecturer and a professional within the early years sector. I am currently in the process of sourcing employment in both the childcare sector and within an FE college but have been offered a job on a graduate scheme with Dumfries and Galloway Council and I am also on the lecturing Bank Staff for Dundee and Angus College and supply Nursery Nurse List for my local area. I am amazed at how many options my new qualification has given me.
My year at Stirling has been an extremely rewarding and enjoyable experience. From the moment I first stepped foot on campus I was made welcome and this has continued throughout my post graduate studies. The support that has been provided to me really has been second to none. Having the unconditional support of family and friends has played a huge part of my successes and achievements and I have been extremely lucky to have their guidance. I would like to dedicate my accomplishment to the arrival of my beautiful Niece Mirren Joyce Hawe, which was a particular highlight during my studies and I fully believe she was my ‘wee good luck charm!’
I will look back on my time at Stirling with fond memories and be grateful for what it has helped me achieve. I thank Stirling for giving me this amazing opportunity.