Name: Arpita Varma
NZTC Qualification: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Why did you choose to pursue a career in early childhood education?
A child's curious mind has always fascinated me. Learning about their developmental milestones, what interests them and how they grapple with what's happening in their environment are all reasons for me to pursue a career in early childhood. I have been an early childhood educator for the past 12 years but I still have a long way to go. The more I dig deeper into the field I discover new layers to it all.
How did your Bachelor of Education (ECE) enable you to achieve your new role as an early childhood educator in Abu Dhabi?
I believe that having graduated from a prestigious college like NZTC only made it easier for me to achieve this role. The Bachelor of Education (ECE) helped me gain an in-depth understanding on the subject area. It also enabled me to increase my theoretical knowledge while practicing in the sector that was essential for my understanding.
What did you enjoy the most about your NZTC study experience?
The vast and in-depth knowledge I received while studying, and the range of resources available made my learning journey a pleasant experience. Reading a variety of literature on the topic, watching videos, listening to experts, researching and reflecting further added to making my experience worthwhile.
Were there any challenges that you faced during your studies – how did you overcome these?
The biggest challenge I faced during my studies was learning the academic writing style. I came from a completely different background and the words ‘referencing’ and ‘citing’ were completely new to me. I still find it hard to understand the finer nuances of referencing. Even though I had the language and the understanding, I still found it tricky and I even had to rewrite a couple of papers but in reflection, the whole process made it more meaningful for me.
What advice would you give other people thinking about studying an NZTC early childhood education qualification?
It's my first international degree and with the subject area being so close to my heart, I would say go with an open mind and absorb everything - give it your time, commitment and dedication because it's worth it.