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9th November 2010, 04:00 PM
Ive been looking for a job for over 2yrs now in my area of south wales and have applied for loads of jobs on yards etc. . but i never seem to have any luck! the interviews go really well but i never get the job in the end :( , i studied two years in college hoping by the end of it i would be able to become a groom, i got the qualification and was really pleased but still no luck on the job front. Ive emailed applying for lots of jobs but i either dont get a reply or travel to the interview and nothing comes of it. Im trying really hard but getting frustrated too. I have got the opportunity to do some buying and selling, so half as a job and hobby, but i dont really know what to make of this idea. . id like some advice on buying and selling really and what people think of it. .
9th November 2010, 05:54 PM
I used to do some buying and selling on a smallish scale. There's not really a huge amount of money in it and it only takes one dodgy horse and you can be seriously out of pocket and with a ruined reputation.
You can get some real cheap horses at the moment. but they are cheap because the market is so bad. With the exception of something that can hunt not alot is going to sell until about april time next year so now is not a good time to start.
Have you tried asking for feedback of the people who interviewed you?
9th November 2010, 06:10 PM
Yeah ive had really good feedback off everyone so far and have been told lots of times that im a good rider and excellent with the horses, the only thing theyve told me that i lack is experience around competition horses etc. . which is why id like another bigger and more suitable horse so i could do more competitions myself to get some experience in that field. But i also think the area that i live in is letting me down, i dont seem to be able to find many yards around, & all the ones i have found ive applied for. . ive also been told that id be good at breaking and backing horses and to maybe consider my own buisness but im not really sure about that idea, i like to get as much advice from people as possible i dont want to rush into something that could turn out one big mess. I tend to think more about the negitive points than just going for it.
9th November 2010, 08:07 PM
you should come live near me, there are loads!
Theres just a new saddlery down the road thats opened and looking for loads of new staff as well!
9th November 2010, 08:12 PM
thats becasue there is no jobs evne for the most competant of grooms its difficult to get a job, im mega qualified get excellent references from everyone i have worked for worked with high level horses and compete myself, done a crap load of stud work backing and breaking etc i am still unable to find a well paying job
if your struggling due to lack of experience maybe sign on for an apprenticeship with someone, you wont get the same wage so people are more willing to take you on you get another qualification at the end of it and you will earn experience
or its time to bite the bullet and move away from home it does very much depend on the area you live in for if you can find a job, you might not even need to move away for a long time some yards may offer you a few months work experience which is better than nothing
9th November 2010, 08:15 PM
Its so sad when you have done so much studying but can't get a job. My daughter is luckyas she works part-time on a livery yard and palomino stud (the one I worked at) and has been there two years this year as well as doing her full time course and riding for various owners. She is thinking of leaving but I think the way people look at graduates makes it so much harder if you haven't the experience.
Hope there is a job soon xx
9th November 2010, 08:29 PM
Thanks everyone, yeah its frustrating when you work hard and theres no jobs at the end of it but i guess its just the way things are these days theres either floods of jobs or no jobs atall just got to be in the right place at the right time i think. . im wondering whether to go back to college and study some more for the time being least i'll get more experience and something extra to go on my cv and im thinking about buying myself a suitable horse to do some shows on that way i'll gain experience also.
9th November 2010, 08:42 PM
The area i used to live in was primarily a DIY area so not much in the way of jobs. I started by doing the turning out for people on my DIY yard and then advertised to look after peoples horses when they went on holiday etc. i was told that i wouldnt get much business as people weer used to sorting their own but it was surprising how quickly people embraced the idea! i'd turn about 20 horses out at £1 each (probably the highest hourly rate i've ever earned) and was soon getting requests for pulling manes, clipping etc. On top of my teaching i made quite a respectable wage but it was unpredictable and the days were long.
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