Lyndal McGowan gave up a 16 year career in the health sector to follow her passion for education and empowering future generations by completing a Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) at GOTAFE’s Shepparton campus.
This bold step was the first phase of her overarching goal to learn how to best support children in the school setting, taking into account the individual needs of each student.
“I discovered a passion for helping out in my children’s classes at school and so after some further research, enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE Shepparton Campus,” explained Ms McGowan.
“I strongly value education and believe life-long learning is so important. For young children, education is everything, as their entire future is based on receiving a good early grounding. If children are lacking in literacy and numeracy skills, they will struggle in so many aspects of their lives. I just love the fact that I’m able to help set them up to live a successful, rewarding life.
Lyndal has gone from strength to strength, having been awarded the GOTAFE Community Services Shepparton Campus Achievement Award for her outstanding performance and was recently nominated for Victorian Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year Award.
Ms McGowan as become an advocate for GOTAFE, encouraging other Education Support workers to formalise their skills.
“For those looking to work in the education sector in a supportive aid capacity I strongly recommend the Certificate IV in Education Support.
“To those working parents wondering if they should ‘go back’ to study, I say yes! GOTAFE provides many helpful services, and I found that if you show you are willing to have a go, GOTAFE is very supportive.
Since completing her studies at GOTAFE she has been volunteering at Shepparton Christian College and St George’s Rd Primary School and working at Wanganui Park Secondary College. In May she began working in a part time role at St Georges Rd Primary School with a Grade 2 class and has developed a strong interested in working with children for whom English is an additional language.