Following a passion – Allison’s story

Working two part time jobs, one at a local supermarket and one at Chisholm in administration, while being a mother of three children, Allison Hayes was finding the work/life balance challenging.

Allison HayesAllison dreamed of having a career she was passionate about, and one that would fit around having a busy family.

Allison decided to study the Certificate IV Education Support at the Chisholm Bass Coast campus in Wonthaggi.

“A career in education would fit in with my lifestyle as it provided flexibility to work through the school terms and be home for holidays with my family” Allison states

The course involved placement at Inverloch Primary School, which was conveniently close to where she lived in Regional Victoria. She knew she’d found a career she loved.

“In the playground the kids seemed to be drawn to me and I loved helping them” says Allison.

“Each child is an individual and just so unique. I’ve really enjoyed building repour with the kids. It takes longer than you think to build that strong connection, and more effort than I thought. 

“Through placement, I’ve recognised that it’s really important to learn the teacher’s styles and to fit in with that teaching style so you’re actively involved in the classroom. This way you can fit in seamlessly to benefit all. I enjoy holistically supporting the student, the classroom and the teacher.”

Allison wishes she hadn’t waited so long to study through Chisholm, and says “Studying at Bass Coast was like being part of a family, I wasn’t just a number”

“My teacher Vicki was always available and I felt like her teaching style was very personal” Allison says. “Vicki seemed to tailor her teaching to my learning style and needs, and as the class size was small, it was also a very supportive group”   

To anyone thinking of studying Education Support, currently a Free TAFE course at Chisholm, Allison says “If you have a tendency to bring the best out of children, do it. I’m seeing growth in my students, it’s so rewarding. Challenging but rewarding!”

Allison was offered a position at Inverloch Primary School after graduating from Certificate IV Education Support.