5 Ways to Secure a Job in Early Childhood Education
One of the most underrated and under-appreciated careers has always been teachers. Even more so for those who wish to pursue a career in early childhood education. Early childhood education is an extremely rewarding career. You are helping train and develop young minds while they are at very crucial point in their emotional, cognitive and physical development. It takes a special type of person to conquer the field of early childhood education.
So what is the best way to secure a job in early childhood education?
- Research the type of school for which you are applying
In Australia, it is important to know that the curriculum program will vary for every territory or state. It is a good idea to contact the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority to get a hold of the current curriculum in whichever state or territory you are applying. Also you will need to take into consideration the type of school as the curriculum will vary between a religious and a secular curriculum program.
- Make Sure Your Resume Is Current
It is imperative, for whatever position you are applying, that your resume is up to date and tailored to the type of job for which you are applying. The same applies for your cover letter. Always make sure that your contact information (address, email address, phone number, etc) are current and correct. Include all of your relevant experience and education. Make sure to include skills such as babysitter, nanny, assistant teacher, camp counsellor, volunteer, etc as this information could give you a boost in landing the job.
- Ensure That You Have the Proper Credentials
As of 2014, it is now required that all early child care workers in Australia have a minimum of a Certificate III. There are many places that offer both day and evening courses both in school or online. The length of the program may vary depending upon the institution, but the average amount of time it takes to receive your Certificate III in Early Childhood Education is about twelve months. Some companies may even hire you while you are in the process of obtaining your certification, while others may even have financial reimbursement programs for those who are willing to work while obtaining their certification.
- Don’t hesitate to accept a job in a preschool or daycare environment
Although teaching jobs are in high demand at the current time, you might not land your dream job right away. Do not overlook a position in a daycare or preschool facility. It will give you experience that you can use on your resume. Daycare workers are some of the hardest working people around. You never know, you could even start out as an assistant and work your way up to Director one day. The possibilities are endless.
- Upsell Yourself
It takes a special kind of person to work in early childhood education. Don’t sell yourself short. During your interview, when asked what your makes you stand out, always include things like “energetic, creative, young at heart, positive, upbeat, enthusiastic, etc”. These are excellent qualities for anyone working with young children. You chose a career in early childhood for a reason so make sure to upsell this point during the interview process.