Hannah Spratt had an interrupted Year 11, which meant her ATAR was lower than she'd hoped. But she didn't let this discourage her dreams of becoming an early childhood educator

Hannah enrolled in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Chisholm, and threw herself into her studies.

"I’ve wanted to teach children since I was little, but after getting a low ATAR, I couldn’t get into uni. I think it worked out OK though, because the teaching style at Chisholm suited me really well.

"My parents always encouraged me to work hard, so I did. I’ve spent lots of time studying, which is easy when you enjoy it. All my hard work has helped me keep a high distinction average."

Hannah had four job placements while studying, gaining valuable experience and exposure to the industry. The last one resulted in her getting a job.

"I literally walked out of class and into a job. Chisholm has been great for me. The teachers care and inspired me every day."

Now Hannah is continuing her studies with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, for which her Chisholm diploma earned her a year's worth of credits and a guaranteed pathway into the degree.

"I had an alarm on my phone that went off at 7am every day. It said ‘Wake up if you want to be a teacher’ -  I still have that.

"I’ve always loved children. They have so much potential. They could be anything one day, and I love knowing that I can help make that happen."

With a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Hannah's career prospects will strengthen considerably. She'll be qualified to work as an early childhood centre director or kindergarten teacher.

Says Hannah, "Should be done in two years. I'm looking forward to where I end up."

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