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12th January 2010, 09:27 PM
I am quitting sixth form - It's not helping and I'm drowning in corsework, stress and HAIRLOSS!:(
I have no idea what I want to do?
I'd be a vet, but I'm not intelligent enough to learn EVERYTHING! And would prefer to specialize in some kind of thing - and to be honest the pay isn't even inportant!
I have lived on a dairy farm my whole life, and helped in many births, rearing, milking and giving medicin to cows and calfs :)
I have always loved horses, and have had a horse 2 months, although I lack in experience (I used to just ride neighbours horses and get lessons), I know you learn things in time, but I learn faster and better when I enjoy it, and I am very practical.
LOL It sounds like I'm trying to write an awful C.V. :lol:
I am just so confused! :confused:
What would you recomend?
12th January 2010, 09:46 PM
There are some good courses out and about there. To be honest, paperwork is good, but experience is better.
I'd cram in as much experience as you can, and try to see what happens - usually it is groom or yard staff work and work your way upwards, but not always.
Have a look on Yard and Groom and see if there are any job titles that take your fancy?
13th January 2010, 09:44 AM
How much longer have you got at 6th form?? If you havent got long i would consider staying as other wise the last year and a half will have been a complete waste.
That way if you did want to go to an ag college you will have some alevels to enable you to get onto a course...
13th January 2010, 10:48 AM
It's my first year I'm doing communication studies, which I'm predicted a B, Fine art and im predicted an A, and English which I am Failing completley! Because I spent all my time doing art because I enjoy it and me and my teacher do not get along!!!
So they'd be AS level
13th January 2010, 12:02 PM
I still think you should stick it out, honestly the 2 years fly by! Plus you are predicted good grades in two of your subjects, perhaps you could pick up another as level at the start of next year to boost your ucas points a bit, that way you have a better chance of getting onto a course at an ag. college or similar if thats what you wanted to do.
A levels are a good thing to have to fall back on if you decided in 5 years time that you wanted a change in direction.
When i first started 6th form i was adament i wasnt going to uni...or even going to stay the full two years at 6th form!
Two years on im just about to start my second term at uni :lol:
13th January 2010, 03:20 PM
College could be a thing to do to help build your skills if your dont have that many yet, or an apprenticeship it depends on how you want to learn, I have done both,
The college course, ND/NC/NA all different levels are a combination of practical and written work, some colleges do riding elements of the course other do alternative modules such as breeding, you do alsorts like anatomy, feeding, riding jumping clipping trimming, its a good qulification but isnt always the best way to go to get on in the equine world and if your unhappy at college anyway might not be the right way
it is a very good course programme though as you have a certain number of hours industry expereince to complete as well as sometimes bolt on qulifaictions such as BHS stages
Apprenticeships im sure you know what they are, really good but you do get paid squat but having another qualification doesnt necessarily mean you will be paid much anyway, they are great to do as you are learning whilst working and being assed on things you often do day to day, if your in the right environment really good to do,
you could also do BHS stages although they are pricey to do they are still internatinally recognised and i would recommend to anyone wanting to work with horses to get some even if only the horse care sides
there are loads of jobs out there though they dont pay well they are hard work and sometimes you work for horrible people but it isnt something you should start to do without really thinking it through,
if you enjoy your art and not the english and stuff why not try to swap onto another course or reapply next year for an ND or something in art, i would however finish your first year, i dropped out after my first year of AS i just didnt know what i wanted to do but i still have those quals, if you drop out mid course that will go on your file forever and if you ever wanted to reapply for something such as a degree it will effect your ability to get onto the course,
13th January 2010, 06:17 PM
Thankyou, that makes alot of sence :) I just HAVE to do 3 subjects, and I can't swap.
I used to love english but not any more. And, it has happend to other people, who have then been kicked out because of the same sort of situation :(
16th January 2010, 04:05 PM
Can't you go to a college where you can do 2 subjects? It seems a pity to throw away 2 you are good at for 1 you hate. I
was in a similar situation to you when I did my A levels, but I was struggling with maths, hated it. I ended up getting extra tuition to get through it from a teacher outside of the school which really worked for me. Maybe this would be possible for you too?
It's nowhere near too late for you, you've only been doing them 4 months if you're in your first year.
I certainly wouldn't recommed working with horses, it is very poorly paid and you'll not enjoy your owns as much.
28th January 2010, 12:48 PM
If you were to go into a job with horses what about something other than groom / teacher there are all sorts of related jobs such as farrier, therapists, saddle fitters ect the hours and pay for these jobs are better and you still get to see the horses.
Stick with the A levels if you can. I went straight from school on a training scheme 4 days on a yard 1 day at Brackenhurst Agricultural college but it was hard work and put me off working with horses long term although I got my BHS stage 1 + 2 I went back to college then so I could get a proper job 9 - 5 and spend my spare time with horses.
28th January 2010, 02:18 PM
Your Mum will shoot me for this, but if you are only a first year 6th form, and already hating it, you'd be better off doing some other course which you would enjoy and would lead to a career. Take it from me - I stuck out the A levels, and it was the worst thing I could have done. I did maths, bio and chemistry with the intention of becoming a vet. Gave up chem after a year, and then the other two weren't enough to get me into uni for veterinary. So I went into advertising. There were other girls there with more experience getting jobs over my head because they left school at 16 and did courses specific to advertising.
A levels aren't the be all and end all. I think it is way better to get into courses / college specifically aimed at the qualifications you need for your chosen career.
30th January 2010, 09:18 AM
Not much use, but I also HATED AS/A2 English. Its so difficult. I somehow got through it but it was not an experience I'd like to repeat.
Sorry not read the other posts very well so it might have already been said, but are you able to get through the AS then drop English and change it for an AS in something else. That way at the end of the 2 years you come out with 2 A-Levels and 2 AS Levels, which count for the same as having 3 A-Levels? There were lots of people I knew who did that..
6th February 2010, 02:18 PM
yeah, well my dad thinks I should do something animal like - not nesicarrly horses, But I like cows, goats and stuff :)
I'm not intelligent enough to be anything vet like but yeah :)
22nd February 2010, 04:37 PM
You could look at vet nursing or vet tech courses, or ag college, like mandi said.
6th March 2010, 11:49 PM
ok, don't take this in the wrong way, but take it from a oldie... Stay at school... even if you have to change subjects... I so wish I stayed on and got some qualifications... I went straight in to horses at 15, now older job hunting is a nightmare.... Even basic NVQ is horse husbandry comes aboves someone with over 20 years experience and that can do the job backwards... Good Luck in what you do, but talk to your parents and school first...
(Vet nursing is very hard to get into... look at doing NVQ in a yard/farm and getting experience)
7th March 2010, 12:05 AM
I'll be doing Equine vet nursing soon, i agree with above, it is hard to get into!
7th March 2010, 10:13 AM
as you say you are more practical than academic, you would be better to try a job as a groom where you can do nvq's, some yards will pay for you to take bhs.stages too. you could also work your way up and train as a riding instructor there.
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