Hello, Thanks for your time, I'm a 23 year old looking to change up my life as I feel very stuck. I currently work two part time jobs, a Bakery Assistant and a Kennel Hand. I did do the Animal Management Diploma up to level 5 and would love to work full time in the Animal Industry but, there are hardly any jobs in the East Midlands and I don't want to waste my Diploma. I don't have any access to a promotion in my work neither and as i'm coming nearer to 25 I want to be advancing in my life. I was wondering what life was like as a dog groomer. I did do a slight introduction for my diploma which i adored but didn't advance on it as I was shy of the competition, if you wasn't into dog grooming then you would either be a Vet nurse ( definite no no for me) or Zookeeper in our college. Of course I wanted to broaden my skills and be more of a "jack of all trades" kinda person. But here in the East Midlands, animal jobs are hard to come by and i'm not in a position to move out. What is the best route to get into dog grooming? - To take a course? ( I found a mix run by either the city & guilds or by the ICMG, is either of these good?) - To be taken on as a trainee? ( I often see Pets at home or kennelgate advertise) - or is there another way? What is the best part & worse part of your job? - I would be quite anxious about dealing with picky/ upset clients - I am no stranger to hard labor, I am strong stomached and been around all types of dogs. - I am an creative, artsy person and hope I can express this in grooming? Do you think your job earns you enough? - As a young person trying to move out/ start up independently, would you think this is a stable source of income? Thank you ever so much for reading this and I look forward to any replies.