Cecilia Fernando with a child
she worked with during her study
Names: Cecilia Fernando
NZTC Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)
Cecilia Fernando’s career has taken a “good leap” since she studied New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC)’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education).
The NZTC India graduate’s career in education began when she spent a year working as a Home Room Teacher, a time she describes as “the most unforgettable year of my life”.
Personal circumstances led Cecilia to leave teaching to pursue a career in insurance, but her passion for working with children did not subside.
Years later, she took on a role as a Teaching Assistant at an international school in Mumbai. While most of her students were in middle or high school, Cecilia found her love for teaching was strongest when working with younger students in a holiday program.
Cecilia came to realise her true passion was for early childhood education, and decided NZTC’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education (ECE) would be the best path towards a successful and rewarding ECE career.
“This job rekindled my love for teaching younger ones, especially the littlest of them. But before embarking on this exciting journey, I realised I needed to attain higher level research, curriculum and leadership skills,” said Cecilia.
“NZTC has been the perfect platform to gain appropriate knowledge about early childhood education, leading me on the pathway to become a preschool teacher.”
Cecilia currently still works as a middle and high school Teaching Assistant, but is looking forward to next year when she will move into her school’s ECE section.
“After completing my Postgraduate Diploma from NZTC, my career path has taken a good leap. NZTC has left me curious and excited.”
The Mumbai-based graduate describes her NZTC India graduation ceremony as the proudest moment in her career.
“I last studied in 2007, so there has been a huge gap since then. After 10 years I took up studying again and was able to attain a postgraduate international degree. NZTC made this dream possible.”