Faculty of Education

Rachel Oliver

The staff are fully committed to engage and extend you as a student, but are also supportive to your individual needs.

Rachel Oliver, Launceston

Bachelor of Education (HPE)

I had always consider teaching as a career pathway when I was at high school. However, it was not until many years later when reflecting on my time at college did my choice become clear. I have always consider a career where I can work directly with people and consequently I spent many years working in sales and service. What I came to realise though was although I loved service, I was not a successful sales person. So I began to look for a career change and found myself enrolling in a University degree, teaching.

I have had many friends complete the same degree I am currently studying and they all had positive experiences at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). I live in Launceston with my two small children, so being so close to a University that has such an outstanding reputation as UTAS has been highly convenient, and was a large factor in motivating me to enrol.

I am looking forward to graduating at the end of the year (2015) and begin working, learning and applying what I have experienced at University to a lifelong career. Because of my degree, I have been able to gain some TA and tutoring work, and it is amazing how much I have learnt so far that I am already applying to my work.

In the future, I hope to gain full time employment once I graduate. I am really looking forward to become part of a school community and continue to learn and develop my skills as a teacher. I really enjoy the comradely of a school and hope that wherever I go I can fully immerse myself in the school culture and give back as much as I can. I can't lie though an income would be nice also!

My first highlight of my time at UTAS are the staff- they are fantastic! The relationships I have built with the faculty staff have made my journey thus far highly enjoyable. The staff are fully committed to engage and extend you as a student, but are also supportive to your individual needs. Without their help I am not sure I would have succeed to this point of my degree. My second highlight would be being able to gain experience in school settings and apply new skills with students of all ages is invaluable. The Health and Physical Education degree provides a multitude of opportunities to gain experience in the community. Every one of these experiences has given me an insight to a teacher's role and help towards developing new skills for the future.

My first bit of advice to future students would be to take on every opportunity that comes your way. Experience as much of the culture of University as you can. Never be afraid to ask questions, and never be afraid to challenge yourself or others (just be sure you have the research to back your argument…Always!) Secondly, and it is easier said than done, but try keep on top of things- the weeks seem to move so fast and next minute you will be inundated with tests, essays and exams that all need your attention at the same time, which can be challenging. Lastly, find a way that best suits your learning style- this they may differ from one subject to the next, whether you like to form a study group, or find a study buddy or just study alone, always experiment and be open to change.