How do I say thank you to someone who has turned my dream into a reality?
How can I describe in a few words this new found confidence that I have?
What picture can I draw to try and explain the knowledge I have acquired?
I started on my journey with OTEN in 2012.
I have worked in my field for the last eleven years. I have worked in three different states and contacted many different colleges, tafes, institutions that offer the course which would allow me to gain the certification I require.
I kept telling myself that I would complete the course later, that I would save up some money and then start the course, I would wait til I had more “free” time. I was just giving myself excuse after excuse because the underlying fact was that fear stopped me believing that I was capable of achieving this dream of mine.
Despite completing my course via correspondence, from the minute I made contact with my OTEN teacher, I felt noticed, regarded, valued. I was given so much support, encouragement and motivation. It was as though I had my very own personal trainer who kept telling how they were there for me. And they were. Every email I sent was answered,phone calls were made to see how I was going or just to say hi.
As each week passed, the reading material arrived and assignments were completed. I could immediately find myself realising how important my role in my workplace is. With the material I read I could directly apply principles to my workplace and explain the purpose behind the decision. I could feel my confidence growing, tasks that I had carried out during the last eleven years suddenly made sense and caused me to work smarter and more efficiently. I was able to ask my managers why we did things they way we did and was able to offer suggestions on how to improve our workplace practices.
I know that if I had not been reading the material provided by OTEN I would not have had the knowledge or confidence
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