Safe jobs in caring
‘‘There’s a definite movement in the community about how they understand the role,’’ she says.
‘‘People are realising that if you adopt an educative approach with young children . . . then it really gives them a head-start.’’
Mother-of-two Tuula Roppola completed her early childhood education degree last year and works as a relief kindergarten and junior primary teacher while she awaits the teaching recruitment period that typically starts from next month.
Ms Roppola says while she would prefer to find employment within the education sector, she would consider working in childcare if the right opportunity arose.
‘‘I would prefer to be with children slightly older (than those typically in childcare) but that’s not to say I wouldn’t think about it if (a childcare centre) had a particular focus on learning,’’ she says.
Ms Roppola, who previously worked as a professional dancer and choreographer, believes job prospects for graduates are good, regardless of where they want to work.
‘‘I decided I wanted to return to a profession that will give me stable employment – the arts industry is notorious for not doing that,’’ she says.
‘‘And I’ve always felt I had a natural affinity with children.
‘‘While the future is always uncertain, I’m an optimistic person and I haven’t heard of many (previous) graduates who haven’t been able to find jobs.’’
Childcare graduate Tuula Roppola at Newland Park Kindergarten, Erindale.