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January 15, 2013 1:45 AM Subscribe
Australian secondary school teachers: is it madness to start a Dip Ed at 50?
posted by Kerasia to Education (6 answers total)
After indulging in four years of early (poor) retirement, I realise I need to work. I could do a Cert III in health care (1 year) and work as a aged care worker (which I have done before but let my rego lapse). Or, I could do 1.5 yrs of a Dip Ed and become a secondary teacher (English).
I was a mature age undergraduate (BA) so I know I can study as an adult and I enjoy it. I did part of a Dip Library Studies externally (me Brisbane, uni Perth) and hated it. There was poor external support. This Grad Dip would also be external but the Uni is only 2hrs drive away and I could, if necessary, become an on-campus student.
I live in a rural NSW, non-coastal region. Many of the local teachers are reaching retirement age so a permanent job in my locale is not impossible.
Is this a pipe dream? I've had a few of those in my day, nudge nudge. If not, what should I think seriously about before signing up? I'm confident and I've had lots of life experience. My partner is supportive and I'm a young 50 (no kids!) plus I like young people for the people they are. What more should I consider?