A record number of new teachers from the University of Southern Queensland have walked into classrooms this week after an incredible 40% of Semester 1 students secured jobs before they had even finished their study program.
A total of 61 students who had completed a Bachelor of Education or a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning at the end of Semester 1 required an early release of their course results because they had secured jobs in Queensland or New South Wales for the start of the second school semester.
Fumi Shimizu completed a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in Semester 1 and has already secured a teaching position at Toowoomba Grammar School.
Miss Shimizu will teach Japanese to students in Years 5, 6 and 7 — a complete role reversal after previously teaching English to students in her homeland of Japan.
‘I like working with children and learning languages,’ Miss Shimizu said.
‘So I can’t believe I have already got this job — I still feel like I am living in a dream.’
Miss Shimizu said her study was exhausting but very rewarding, and praised the teaching staff who helped her through her learning journey.
‘I really appreciated the staff support,’ she said.
‘Without their help, I wouldn’t be here. I think the material the lecturers covered in the course was very practical and their support was incredible.’
‘When it came to my job interview, everything they asked I was already prepared for through my course.’
Faculty of Education Dean Professor Nita Temmerman said it was an outstanding result for USQ that so many graduates had secured employment so quickly.
‘Outcomes such as this reinforce the fact that USQ and the Faculty of Education are continually graduating teachers with excellent job prospects who are actively sought after by employers,’ Professor Temmerman said.
‘It’s certainly a credit not only to the graduating students but also to our teaching staff.’
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