Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

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Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

Post by Br00k3 » Sun Aug 23, 2020 10:11 pm

I went for an interview last week and while it went well, I applied for this job a few months ago and I feel like my job aspirations have changed slightly. However, since they called me out of the blue for an interview I went!
It went really well and they pretty much told me I had the job but they just needed to do some checks and would call me once that’s done to organise a start date... I didn’t really get to say yes or no to the offer...
It’s 12 months for a Cert 3. I currently hold a cert 4 in education support. Would any of my education support units crossover with childcare? Would it make it a shorter study period?
I ultimately would love another job I applied for but that job was just an expression of interest but I’m scared if I say yes to the traineeship that the other job will have openings and I’ll miss out because I’m locked into 12 months.
My gut is telling me to not do it, but I feel bad if I decline the offer and I think it would be an alright experience but I’m not sure it’s something I want to do...
I also do quite a few afternoon activities during the week that would clash with the finish times of the job so I’d have to give those up too

I’m just very conflicted and confused and I feel like it’s happened really quickly and would love some guidance. They’re meant to call me sometime this week to organise a start date and I’m freaking out a lot!!


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Re: Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

Post by Lorina » Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:38 am

Id say go with your gut feeling... if you don't really have your heart set on the position and you're not really feeling it then I'd just politley decline.

Yes if you do accept the position you will be locked in for 12 months until you complete the traineeship. Since it is a traineeship if you decide to change your mind half way through it will be a little difficult to just end it and it will be an inconvenience to your employer as well.

Have a think about it... if you're second guessing it....then you need to consider if its right for you.

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Re: Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

Post by Br00k3 » Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:29 am

Hey Lorina,
I just feel really conflicted... I thought in always wanted to work with kids but after having a trial in a previous childcare I wasn’t too sure. The experience felt really off and I didn’t really get a feel of fulfilment from it and the thought of being stuck in that for the rest of my life freaked me out so I never went back to that preschool...
After completing my studies in education support, I also realised again that I don’t know if I could work with that age group either... as much as I enjoyed it, it still didn’t feel any passion or fulfilment for the job position...
So I thought maybe if I applied to work is disability child care it would be different, but now I’m scared it’s going to be the same feeling and that’s why I’m hesitant to say yes to the job and be locked into 12 months..

Do you have any more advice?
Thank you in advance!

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Re: Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

Post by caitlin181999 » Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:50 pm

Hello,
there are actually five units that are both included in the cert 4 and the cert III so yes you wouldn't need to do them again if you provide proof that you are competent on those units... however if you don't 100% feel that you should take the job then don't! it's okay to feel this way. my advice would be to go with your gut; being in childcare takes a lot of patience and heart to do but if you're not 100% committed it can feel like a chore to wake up and go to work everyday. take some time to think about it. it's a big decision.
kind regards,
Caitlin :)

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Re: Don’t know whether to accept traineeship...

Post by Lorina » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:50 am

I completely understand!

Instead of being stuck in a traineeship why don't you start working as a casual at centres and get a feel for it... then you can decide whether or not this career is right for you...

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