CQU graduate ready to commence a career in childcare
Recent CQU Graduate Amna Anwar has come all the way from Pakistan to learn the skills to prepare her for bright future in the child care industry.
Mrs Anwar was the first of 152 graduates to collect her award at Thursday's CQUniversity graduation ceremony for successful completing her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Married with a son, 7 and a daughter, 6, Mrs Anwar originally obtained a masters degree in economics in her home country of Pakistan.
After Mrs Anwar, 34, immigrated to Australia in late 2014, she decided to study at CQU to follow her passion in caring for children.
"Being a mum, working in child care is pretty easy to do,” she said.
"Because I know my kids, I know their emotions, their tantrums, so I decided to be in that industry.”
Mrs Anwar said she found it fascinating learning about all of the aspects of child care during her course.
"It is about how we have to care for kids, we have to nourish them, their emotions, how we have to follow the policies, procedures and guidelines,” she said.
"Being a mum, I know how to handle my kids but then obviously (at work) I have to follow certain rules and regulations.
"If I have to change a nappy, sitting with them, playing outside, there's rules and procedures that we have to follow in each and everything we do.”
Mrs Anwar said that the hardest challenge she had to overcome was understanding the Australian accent and others understanding her Pakistani accent, especially early on in her work placements.
The qualification will enable Mrs Anwar to work in childcare centres and during her work experience she was lucky enough to secure employment at one of the Rockhampton centres.
"Now I'm working at Natural Wonders Early Learning Centre, Berserker,” Mrs Anwar said.
She plans to return to university soon to continue studying a degree in early childhood education to eventually teach children from the age of prep to grade five in primary school.