Victoria pursues her passion for teaching with a satisfying career change at ACU

With Kristy Porter

VICTORIA Vartuli always wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic changed her circumstances that she took the plunge and followed her passion.

Upheaval and change have punctuated the past two years for most of us, and for Victoria it was no different.

“I had an established career as a senior executive assistant, supporting C-suite executives,” she said. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization I was employed for made changes and I took a layoff. That’s when I decided to take the plunge and follow my passion for ‘education.

“While volunteering at my children’s school, I saw the disparity in access to quality education. I also came to appreciate the learning that happens afterwards at home. Some children may not have a caregiver to help them with reading or homework, which affects their ability to learn basic skills in the early years. This has long term consequences.

“I am passionate about teaching children to read fluently and understand deeply, developing their writing skills and increasing their level of independence. If I can inspire a child to reach their personal best, the moment they realizing your own success is also gratifying for me.”

Pursue his passion

Once she had decided to continue her studies, Victoria still had to choose where to study.

She started her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in 2021 and hasn’t looked back.

“I initially chose another university, but while considering a career change, I sought the advice of a reputable teacher from my children’s school,” she explains. “They recommended that I change my preference to ACU due to its high reputation in education and the fact that students begin practical teaching placements much earlier than many other college degrees. ‘education.

“I love studying at ACU. The university is not as big as others, which allows me to have better relationships with my professors and tutors. I can strike up a meaningful conversation with them, knowing that they know me by name and that I am not some random student number.

“Tutoring classes are large, allowing for quality learning time and peer collaboration and the benefits of a small tutor-to-student ratio. And ACU invests heavily in resources and facilities to ensure students get a quality education and a top-notch experience.

Immerse yourself in experiences

Victoria jumped wholeheartedly into all that ACU college life has to offer.

Due to lockdowns across the country and a ban on international travel, ACU facilitated its community engagement program with the Solomon Islands virtually for the first time.

A normally hands-on program teaching elementary students, it was converted to a virtual program delivered in Semester 2 via Zoom.

“This experience has been fantastic,” she said. “While the challenges of internet speed and technology were daunting at times, it didn’t stop us from seeing the enthusiasm of grade 6 children creating their own picture book story, with the help of teachers. in initial formation of the ACU. The learnings about the culture, interests and individual relationships of the students were wonderful.

Looking for tutoring

Victoria also benefited from the Academic Skills Unit, a team of education experts on each campus that supports students as they transition to college and throughout their degree.

“The academic skills team has been fantastic,” she said. “They ran the workshops that really helped me transition into education. I have worked in a corporate environment for many years, so having access to support with writing, SEO, studying, and exam preparation has been hugely beneficial.

“Academic and support staff have always been available and knowledgeable when I needed advice on a particular subject or clarity on anything. Student support is amazing and valuable in so many ways.

But it hasn’t always been easy.

“Semester 2 was tough,” she said. “The days were long and tiring, and the nights exhausting. Trying to juggle my kids’ home schooling schedules with mine was a daunting task, but with organization, determination, perseverance and resilience, we all made it to the other side. with success.

And his advice for going to college later in life?

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people. The diversity of students from different backgrounds is amazing and everyone is here for the same reason – to get an education and have fun along the way.

Are you ready for an experience like Victoria’s? To explore vocational education and training courses at UCA and ACU online.

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