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A career as a Governess? What skills do you need?

Reporter: Julia Harris

Presenter: Brooke Carrigan

Friday, 15 October  2004 

Western Queensland - the environement can sometimes be daunting
Western QLD - the environment is sometimes daunting!

Being a Governess or employing one, can be tough.

For a Governess it's sometimes about battling homesickness and exceptionally hot weather, isolation, kids, classrooms and living in an unfamiliar environment 24 hours a day with people you don't know.

On the other side of the fence are the families wishing to employ someone who has the appropriate skills to educate their children, who can fit in with the family and cope with life on a remote station.

Claire Daniels is originally from Brisbane, she has 4 years experience as a Governess and says "you need personal space, and to be able to get out and do things".

Whether its going for a drive or a ride on a horse it seems that having some independence and time away from the family and kids, is a healthy option for a Governesses working on a remote stations, and for the families that employ them.

"How do you teach kids? asks Tim Mose, Principle of the Mount Isa School of Distance Education, "and also in terms of child development. It would be good if Governesses had some of those skills prior to coming out".

The Governess school - Charlton Brown Institute and the Longreach Pastoral College are now offering a course, not only to provide Governess' with some teaching skills, but also skills that will prepare them for life in the outback.

Kym Jerome from the Longreach Pastoral College says the course will include "vehicle issues, changing tyres, riding horses and understanding whatever livestock are on the property".

Some girls are drawn into a Governess role by the romanticism and adventure of life in the outback but find that the reality is often far from their expectations.

Others become the women, wives and the mums of the future in the outback, because they've fallen in love with more than the far horizons and the wide blue skies!

Brooke Carrigan discusses the issues for Governesses and their employers

Audio in RealMedia format ) |  Requires RealPlayer


Last Updated: 15/10/2004 11:26:00 AM AEST

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