Asked 4w ago
I am perceived to be doing well in my current job but I am truly not satisfied and could have anxiety at times. The thought of joining the early childhood education has always been at the back of my mind, and I also have experience tutoring special needs children in my uni days. Making this switch would be a great leap of faith, as it meant that I forgo the career progression in my current co, and some gap time to take up Diploma in Early Childhood.
If you ask me, I would say “GO FOR IT!” if you are genuinely interested in the position. Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit.
What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture.
You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable.
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I'm assuming you are referring to being a preschool teacher/educator.
I thought I should contribute because my wife had gone down this path.
She had an accounting degree but ended up in the early childhood education. To be honest, it wasn't easy doing the switch because she had to "redo" her entire educational stint - from taking a certificate to a diploma and finally a degree. She started off as an assistant teacher and is now a vice principal.
First and foremost, it seems like you do have passion being an early childhood educator. It's good to hear people like you wanting to be one and not being forced to be. This is important because being an early childhood educator is a different ballgame altogether. Like you, my wife doesn't like an office job. I'm happy that she's contributing to society and putting a smile in those kids as compared to being in the corporate rat race.
However, you need to ask yourself if you would be able to stomach a lower salary and to give up some of your weekends to work at the centre. Sadly, our society does not value jobs like nursing and preschool education. Sad, but true. For us, it wasn't that bad because I could fill this gap for the family.
Ths other consideration as you have pointed out is the motivation and drive to take up an entirely different course from ground up. You need lots of determination and strength!
Good luck, and all the best! :)