Gap Year Helps Trainee Find His Passion
Former Tassie trainee, Josh Glancy, says doing a traineeship in his gap year was one of the best decisions he ever made.
“Completing a traineeship in my gap year confirmed my passion for teaching. It was the best thing I ever did,” said Josh.
Josh always had an interest for teaching but wasn’t sure if it was the path for him.
“I took on a traineeship at my old high school, Kingston High, as a Sports Assistant.”
“It was brilliant. I learnt so much about teaching and I also realised that although high school was awesome, my heart wanted to be in primary school teaching.”
Josh was given the opportunity to get right involved in the schools’ sports department. He helped teachers plan classes, assisted at school events such as athletic carnivals and even had the chance to run his own sport classes.
“I was given lots of responsibility, but it was amazing. I developed a new found confidence in my abilities.”
“I also felt like I was a valued part of the team, a real influencer.”
Upon completing his traineeship, Josh was sold. This was the industry for him, and he would go to University to make it happen.
“At the end of 2017 I graduated from my traineeship and decided to enrol into the Bachelor of Education course at the University of Tasmania for 2018.”
In his first year of University, Josh felt as though he had a head start.
“I was familiar with some of the content because I learnt it in my Certificate III in Sport and Recreation as part of my traineeship.”
“I also could relate to a lot of the material as I had a whole year of experience teaching.”
Josh is set to finish his course in 2020 and will be a qualified Primary School PE Teacher.
“I can’t recommend a traineeship enough. Even my identical twin brother completed one. It will change your life. It will help you realise your dreams. I say, go for it.”
To find out more about the diverse range of rewarding careers available through vocational education and training, and watch the real skills for real careers video, visit www.myskills.gov.au
Date: 17th of January 2019
Image: Josh Glancy (left) with his twin brother Ben
Author: Marissa Pagliarello