Volunteering sparked a career change to Education


Lyndal McGowan discovered a passion for helping children after she spent time volunteering at her own children’s school. After some research, she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Education Support at GOTAFE.

“I embarked on an ambitious journey to change careers from a nurse to a primary-school based education assistant. GOTAFE helped me achieve my goal, a career that gave me more time with my family and I am now employed as an Education Support (ES) at a local Primary School.”

“Studying with GOTAFE has seen me overcome my fears, grow in confidence, resilience and self-reliance, these skills helped me to juggle study and family commitments. ”

Lyndal McGowan was awarded the Shepparton Campus Community Services Recognition Award in 2015 after successfully completing the Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213).

Since completing her studies at GOTAFE she has been volunteering at Shepparton Christian College and St George’s Road Primary School and working at Wanganui Park Secondary College. In 2016 she was employed at St Georges Road Primary School.

Her positive experience of the training she received sees Lyndal constantly promoting the education support course to her colleagues as well as people in her personal networks, emphasising the benefits it provided to her both professionally and personally.

Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213) will be offered in Wangaratta for the first time in 2017.