From touring the VIPs in Australia, part of the purpose was to tour my partner’s sister around some of the educational institutions here.
She had expressed interest and the hope was that she would come out here and study. This has lead me to undertake a course as an Education Agent, that and we started getting enquiries from others in the family and family friends in Philippines.
At the end of 2013 I sat the exam and gained a certificate as a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor. It is a qualification that I am now endeavouring to use. We have just now formed a business and started down the road to being an agency for international
students wanting to study in Australia. Of course, we are focussed on the Philippines primarily as we have the links/contacts there.
Now, you may think that from what I have said previously in blog posts such as ‘the lie of lifelong learning’ that I am against further education but nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is, I may know the education sector better than most. I am a Postgraduate with a Masters
in Commerce and a Graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in a social science plus several Certificates from private colleges/institutes. Therefore, I should know the student life shouldn’t I? I have had many interactions with international
students as my ‘alma mater’ prides itself on being an ‘international university’. Given that I have also worked for a state government department responsible for education and training as well as at the coal-face of an educational
institution, who better than me to be an agent for others wanting to study here? On an even more personal level, I met my loving partner as a university student doing the Masters. She was an international student who has now become a proud citizen
of this country and I have seen her go through the various steps from student to resident and most recently a citizen.
Another sister, as previously mentioned has also moved from entering the country as a Postgraduate student to
resident status. I have seen parts of this process too and occasionally offered advice or assistance being the native English speaker with a Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I may not want to be a teacher
per se but I know the English language well enough and gaining the certificate gave me a valuable insight into the sorts of issues that those whose primary language is not English may face.
As such, my partner and I have formed a
business idea and have a website under construction at the moment. Please see www.jumpups.org for more details and stay tuned for updates on the business ‘going live’. The Facebook Page alone has
received many Likes and I’m hoping this will continue to grow. If you have an enquiry for the business then you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to assist you. Our motto is: ‘The
Possibilities are Endless but the Outcomes are up to You.’ Perhaps from my 20 or so years of off-and-on experience with the Australian education sector this is my outcome, what would be yours?? Let JumpUps Education Agency help you to realise