You might be surprised by these five careers that don’t require degrees….
You might be surprised by these five careers that don’t require degrees.
Despite having a successful career as a computer engineer for 15 years, Pryia Davidson decided to start on a new pathway – and she hasn’t looked back.
Ms Davidson graduated from her four year engineering course in India and didn’t consider a career change until much later in her working life.
But once she came to Australia and started a family of her own, she began to re-evaluate her professional and personal priorities.
“I wasn’t able to balance my life with my previous career, although I was getting a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment,” she told news.com.au.
“I could have continued with my previous career but I was not feeling the inner satisfaction.”
The mother of two said having a family began ‘teaching her different lessons in life’ and helped her realise she wanted a career where she could support others.
After some soul searching, she decided to transition into a teaching role and began her online Masters of Teaching at Deakin University in 2015.
Her decision comes after a record number of Australians made the secondary career switch to teaching over the last year, according to SEEK data.
From April 2021 to June 2021 compared to January 2021 to March 2021, teaching secondary roles have increased by 17 per cent and teaching primary roles have increased by 22 per cent.
The graduate teacher customised her degree and completed one to two units per semester while juggling working three days part-time.
“For someone who is looking at switching careers, you don’t have to be daunted by the amount of work you must do as you can do it at your own pace,” she said.
Since starting her new role as a high school visual technology teacher, Ms Davidson revealed she’s experienced ‘so many enjoyments’ with her students.
“With teaching, I’m finding that the satisfaction and joy I get out of it stays with me,” she said.
“The smiles I see from those students just melts my heart.”
The average day of a teacher is never the same, but Ms Davidson said the skill of organisation plays a big part of her role.
“I start my day at six o’clock and I do all the preparations the day before for any equipment I might need and general preparations … and go to school and start class.”
Ms Davidson said she took her skills “in terms of computing and my wisdom to apply that knowledge” from her old job into teaching. But the transferable skills of time management and communication have been the most important.
“You need to understand your cohort, so I invest a lot of time to understand my students,” she said.
“I would go through if there are any background notes for them. and I’m able to deliver the appropriate learning material for them.”
“I also use my experience with my own two kids, as I know children learn at different paces.”
Ms Davidson’s advice to anyone considering switching careers to teaching is to not be afraid.
“Personally, it was very daunting for me … but I’m finding there are so many resources developed by the Department of Education, so I feel supported and the fears have gone away,” she said.
Another tip would be to do your research before making the leap.
“Look for resources, seek out help if you’re daunted because when I was considering [switching to teaching] I approached a few teachers and I asked them about their experiences in the role,” she said.
But Ms Davidson encourages future teachers to remember that at the end of the day, you ‘can’t possibly know everything’.
“If you don’t know something, be honest with people and seek support from them.”
This article was created in sponsorship with SEEK