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Question: About my future...?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Patterdale_lover, May 17, 2010.

  1. Patterdale_lover

    Patterdale_lover PetForums VIP

    Sep 25, 2008
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    Okay, I may just gabble on here and make no sense, but this is because I am extremely worried at this moment in time.


    Ever since I was little I knew dogs was my future and career. Now I have selected dog grooming as my specialisation, because it is hands on with dogs, fun activity, although definitley difficult, and when you finish a sense of real achievement and pride in your work. My GCSE's are coming up soon I am not predicted the best grades, this is through fault of my own :eek: However the college course for Dog grooming which I wish to attend only needs basic maths and basic english and a general knowledge of dogs. Sorted. However, the prospectus hasn't been sent out yet and I need a plan B. So there is another place I can go and dad is also going to ask a friend of his if she could take me on for work experience. So hopefully one of these plans will happen for me! If not does anyone else haven any suggestions on what to do? Or how they went about it?

    Another worry I have is my age. Alot of people who enter this industry are ALOT older than me. I am worrying this will effect my chances of getting a job, seeing as its slim pickings as it is for this career choice. Will this be a problem?

    Also will my GCSE's and dog grooming certificate be enough to get me a job?

    Thanks in advance and sorry if I come across thick....I'm just panicking!

  2. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

    Oct 24, 2008
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    I had always planned to work with dogs, and while I also loved art... so I went to college to do an art course and had chosen to continue down the jewelery making route at the same time I was working and volunteering at kennels geting experience that would help me.

    Then I had my son and now my daughter I haven't managed to get back to colege yet! Lol

    Though through a friend I have a defiite job when I want it at a boarding/rehoming kennels and already been accepted to walk and help train dogs at the other rehoming kennels. Then I would save up and go on a colege course at a later date probably when Anna goes to school. I have also been told that there are NO dog walking people where we are and it is needed so maybe I will eventually start up my business!

    If you cant get on the course this time round then how about taking a year out and getting some more experience if you can and a job to save up a bit?
  3. Colette

    Colette PetForums VIP

    Jan 2, 2010
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    If you're not in too much of a hurry to jump into work, maybe you could do some further education - like a first dip, or national diploma in Animal Care?

    The place I did my animal management degree had a good range of further and higher ed. courses in animal related stuff, as well as short courses in grooming, animal first aid, etc.

    Otherwise, as much practical experience working with dogs as possible is always a bonus. I did my work experience for one week with my old dog groomer (sadly since emigrated). You do get some dodgy ones in - eg those with dog-aggression that need to be kept away from others (she was a dog sitter too), or those that are aggressive about being groomed or bathed. It certainly helps to have an understanding of canine body language and how to deal with potentially complicated situations.

    SEVEN_PETS PetForums VIP

    Aug 11, 2009
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    I wouldn't worry about age. I know plenty of groomers who take on young people for either work experience or to train them up themselves. You could do a National Certificate, National Award or National Diploma in Animal Care or Management (whichever you get in with your grades). This will mean you have an extra qualification and you do plenty of practical handling too.

    I can't get any part-time jobs in groomers right now, so I'm going to do the college course, which will take me 2 years to become fully qualified, and do either kennel hand work or rescue volunteer work. Volunteering looks good on your CV but you can only really do that if you have a separate paying job or you are at college.

    Good luck!!! Update us on any progress!!! :D :thumbup:
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