Originally an engineer before coming to Australia from Turkey 16 years ago, Ferizan chose to study education when her second daughter was in kindergarten.
She is now halfway through completing her early childhood university degree, thanks to a scholarship from the Origin Energy Foundation.
“I thought early childhood education could be a good career for me as I really liked the school environment. I started this career path by gaining two qualifications and I’ve now been able to use these to gain credit for university study,” said Ferizan.
Ferizan’s hard work and dedication hasn’t been without juggling.
“Having two teenage daughters means I’m kept busy, so the degree’s flexible structure means I’m able to adapt my study load each semester if needed.”
The Origin Energy Foundation partners with a number of organisations including Mission Australia help to develop talented individual who have a commitment to assisting early childhood teachers achieve degree level qualifications.
“As English isn’t my first language, it has been great to have access to the study groups Mission Australia has set-up, and the support of other students has made study an even more rewarding experience,” said Ferizan.
With a focus on programs that use education to help break the cycle of disadvantage, the Origin Energy Foundation is proud to support talented students: “every early childhood educator we assist in improving their skills is helping hundreds of children who they will teach over the years,” said Sean Barrett, Head of the Foundation.
“Every early childhood educator we assist in improving their skills is helping hundreds of children who they will teach over the years” – Sean Barrett, Head of the Foundation
As for Ferizan, her passion for teaching keeps driving her forward: “I love this job as I get to help the children learn and work closely with the families to meet their children’s needs. It’s a very social career and this study is the last step in a process of being degree qualified in the field I chose eight years ago.”