WHEN deciding on his future career path Cory Lloyd was not going to let the fact that his chosen industry is predominately filled with female workers change his mind.
Not fazed by being outnumbered or judged by others, the 18-year-old has secured a position working as a childcare educator at the All About Kids Early Learning Centre in Eagleby.
While many of his friends considered working in a trade, Mr Lloyd said he did not regret his decision to work in childcare.
"I have always wanted to work in childcare as I enjoyed previous babysitting experiences when I would look after family members," he said.
"So I ended up leaving school and came to work here where I am currently half way through my certificate three in early childcare.
"This is a job I love and I look forward to coming to work every day.
"Looking after these kids is always the best part of my day."
Mr Lloyd said he loved teaching the children important skills such as the alphabet, counting, painting and drawing.
When he is not in the classroom, Mr Lloyd can be found outside kicking a ball around with the children or digging in the sandpit.
"I try to get involved in as many activities as I can," he said.
"I enjoy teaching the children new skills, which I find very rewarding.
"It is great to know you have helped them reach a new stage in their development."
Describing how much fun he has with the kids every day, Mr Lloyd said he would like to see more males working in the childcare sector.
"My opinion is, I think a lot of the younger guys think they are too cool to work with kids, but they don't know what they are missing out on," he said.
"They too will eventually become dads, so if they work in childcare they will learn lots of skills which will help them later on in life."
All About Kids Early Learning Centre director Dearne McKenzie said Cory was a hit with all of the parents.
"All of our parents absolutely love Cory and the work he has done with their children," Ms McKenzie said.
"He has a real passion for working with kids.
"He is definitely a real asset to the centre and we are lucky to have him."