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I was an airline representative, now I am a teacher
Kum Foong Yee worked in the aviation industry for a decade as an Airline Representative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when there were fewer flights, she took on administrative work. That was when she noticed her two-year-old son developing exponentially and could play on his own independently, after attending infant care at MFS.
Intrigued by his development, Foong Yee searched online for relevant jobs in the early childhood care and education (ECCE) sector, and read about Workforce Singapore’s Career Conversion Programme.
She enrolled in the Diploma (Conversion) in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching in August 2021 and is now undergoing the programme at the National Institute of Early Childhood Development, while working a few days a week at My First Skool (Rivervale Crescent) centre as a Trainee Teacher to gain hands-on experience.
Fully supported by the principal and teachers at the pre-school centre she works at, Foong Yee is coping well with her work-study schedule. Her colleagues regularly share their teaching experience with Foong Yee to help her improve her teaching skills as well.
Foong Yee has since learnt from her practical training at the pre-school centre that being a pre-school teacher is not just about taking care of children, but nurturing them.
(27 January 2022) Channel 8 News: https://www.8world.com/singapore/career-conversion-update-1712661
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