Primary school teacher or secondary?
The education journey starts for children just as they begin to learn about the world. Early childhood teachers work with preschool children teaching them to the official Early Years Learning Framework. These teachers support the development of basic skills such as language and communication, physical coordination, and numeracy and literacy. Early childhood teachers then monitor progress and identify any challenges or special needs the children have. Teachers work with other education and children’s specialists such as social workers or speech pathologists. To be a teacher requires a strong commitment to provide the best support and development for children, as well as a lot of patience. Children’s behaviour can be challenging and you need to be able to manage a room full of children and deal with any situations that arise. To become an early childhood teacher you need a degree in early childhood education or a similar field that is recognised by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority.
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The world is shrinking day by day. People relocate around the world, do business deals with someone sitting in another continent, read books authored by someone living in a city they’ve never heard, and yet through translators it’s all possible. Translators convert text from one language to another, retaining the meaning and style of the original author. They may need to have a knowledge of specialist terms such as legal phrasing or historical terminology depending on what they’re translating. Some translations may be done using software before being checked over and edited manually. Translators often work with legal documents, scientific manuals and educational resources as well as literature, depending on their specialist field. To become a translator you need a degree in translation or a communications related field such as linguistics, literary studies or speech pathology. Often a postgraduate in translating and/or interpreting is also required to secure a role.
For every online course or training session you see, someone has to design, develop and build the virtual learning environment, maintain the content and create the supporting materials. E-learning developers do all of these things. They create courses either to be used internally within an organisation or through an external network. Developers discuss the needs and outcomes of the course with users and educators before creating it. They integrated multimedia elements such as video clips and animation. Generally courses need to be adapted to use across various platforms such as mobiles and tablets, as well as being updated as necessary. E-learning developers require strong software skills and creativity to make the learning environment engaging. To become an e-learning developer you need a degree but it can be from wide range of subjects such as education, computer science, business systems or psychology.
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Almost everyone needs helps working out what they want to do in life, creating an action plan or problem solving the roadblocks between you and your chosen career path. Careers advisers are there to help with all these things. Whether it’s talking with students at school, college or university, helping those making a career change or people looking to get back into the workforce careers advisers can offer guidance and information to aid decision making. Advisers know what types of careers might suit people’s skill sets, they discuss training options and suggest resources for people to use. They may also help find work experience opportunities and have a network of employers, training providers and universities to recommend to clients. Careers advisers generally work under pressure with limited time available but must be understanding and good listeners with their clients. To become a careers adviser you need either VET in career development, or a degree in an area such as education, psychology or human resources management with a postgraduate qualification in career development.
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E-tutors or online education tutors are there to help students when their ordinary teacher or lecturer can’t be. E-tutors don’t teach course content, they help students to understand what they’ve been taught in school or university. They give students methods or processes to be able to understand the topics and solve problems. E-tutors also give feedback on assignments or coursework drafts to students before they hand them in. All communication with the tutor is done either online via email, social media, online video calling or telephone. Tutors use and monitor chat rooms and discussion boards for students to be able to collaborate with each other and ask questions. E-tutors need to be good with IT to run their sessions but also have teaching/tutoring skills to be able to get students to understand concepts they’re struggling with. E-tutors need a bachelor’s degree or relevant qualification for the subject they cover. They also need to be educated to at least one level above where they are tutoring, usually with some experience of teaching or training experience.
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