Fashion and Teaching, My Dream Career

My name is Phoebe Hanau and I am entering my second year of study towards my Bachelor of Education (Secondary) with my discipline subject areas in Home Economics and English. I am a full-time student studying online from my hometown, the Gold Coast.

During my final year of school in 2014, I knew I wanted to either pursue a career in teaching or fashion design. Not knowing exactly which pathway to choose, I decided to take a ‘gap year’ where I was fortunate to be able to work as a Home Economics Teacher Aide. This excellent opportunity provided the reassurance and inspiration to pursue a career in textiles teaching. This career combines my passion for fashion and desire to inspire the next generation of young designers.

Studying a very practical degree online was daunting at first, however my apprehension disappeared quickly upon commencement of the course. Over the past year of study, I have attended two residential schools in Rockhampton, as part of my Home Economics minor, and experienced a 20-day professional placement in a local Gold Coast school. These encounters have not only afforded me valuable hands on experience but have also enabled me to meet like-minded and inspiring people from all over Australia.

Studying online means I can centre my studies around my life. I like to stay on top of my work so I normally get most of my study completed early in the week thereby leaving me plenty of time to pursue my love for designing and creating. For the past three years I have entered in The Australian Wool Fashion Awards. Last year I entered in the Young Designer Category with my three-look collection selected as a National Finalist and showcased at the Awards in Tamworth. Nothing compares to the feeling of watching your designs on a National catwalk amongst the country’s best wool fashion designers.

I spend a lot of time imaging my life after Uni. I am excited for the day when I can inspire the next generation mimicking the inspiration bestowed upon me by my teachers and mentors at school and throughout University.

The best advice I can give to prospective students is make sure you consider all your study options. If I did not discover CQUniversity’s excellent and well-rounded Home Economics pathway I would be studying a degree that would ultimately not provide me with a straight forward path to my dream career.

For more information about the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) at CQUni, visit, phone 13 27 86 or visit your nearest CQUni location.

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