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Get to know your trainer Rhonda Carlsen

Samfya Smith - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rhonda Carlsen is our Kath Dickson Institute Trainer/Assessor in the Cairns region. Get to know Rhonda better in this quick Q&A!

What is your role as a trainer?

As a Trainer I am there to guide and encourage my students in achieving their goals and to further their working career. This in turn gives the student a sense of achievement and purpose.

What region do you cover? 

I manage students from Tully to the Atherton Tablelands this includes Innisfail, Cairns and Mareeba and any place in between depending on where my students are located.

How long have you been with Kath Dickson Institute?

I have been with Kath Dickson for 3 months now and I am enjoying the friendship and guidance that I have received from all of the staff at Kath Dickson Institute. I have 16 students at present and I am working towards and looking forward to enrolling many more.

What is the best thing about your job as a trainer?

I enjoy meeting and getting to know new students from many different ages and backgrounds. I also love to be able to help those of us who are not necessarily academic people to achieve a qualification and career that will give them independence and that they can be proud of.

What did you do prior to this job?

I have previously worked in a bank, then decided to change careers and moved into child care.  After completing my Certificate ll and Diploma, and moving from Assistant Educator to Educator and then Director, I decided I would like to do training as I had helped so many employees in their studies over the years. So I completed a Certificate lV in Training and Assessment and started my new career in training. I have provided training for Employment agencies, a State High school (Grade 11/12) and worked for a training organisation in Cairns for several years.

Why should students sign up with you as their trainer?

Given my extensive career in childcare, I understand the industry and am able to provide great assistance to my students. Also because I have studied, worked full time and bought up a family I can truly understand the pressures we are under at times. I will guide my students through their course, giving all the assistance and encouragement they need to complete their qualifications.

What do you think is the best thing about working in early childhood? 

Working in Early Childhood is a very rewarding career being able to teach a young mind how to achieve a first and watching their little faces as they make those achievements can be a real incentive to come to work each morning.  While this can be a challenging career I believe the highs definitely outweigh the lows and the feeling of giving back is huge. Some of the most important developments occur over the first 5 years of a child’s life so as an Educator we can have an impact on a child’s life. 

A day in the file of an Educator is a very busy one, between preparing food, cleaning away, setting up activities, tidying up, group times and rest time, which is time for cleaning or paperwork there is just no time to be bored. No two days are ever the same – the children provide us with as much fun as we do them! 

What is the one thing you want your students to remember from their early childhood studies?

I would like the students to feel that they enjoyed the study, learnt heaps and at the end of it feel a great sense of accomplishment and confidence in themselves.

Find out more about starting your career in early childhood education and care under the guidance of Rhonda.