The Importance of Work Experience in the Animal Sector

July 31, 2019




Here at Fetch the most common question we get asked from young people is 'how did you get into this line of work with dogs?


Asked about the main problem they encountered when hiring young people, more than one in three of animal related businesses (39%) said most applying for jobs have little or no experience in the workplace. There are currently 4.3million young people aged 16-24 in the UK, and if you’re one of them,  the chances are you haven’t had the work experience you need.


The most recent stats show that 517,000 young people aged 16-24 were unemployed in July-September 2018 in the UK (around 12%)  – and for many, lack of work experience is the reason.


I truly believe work experience is the best way to test out possible career choices. It’s also great for learning and developing workplace skills as well as helping you understand your strengths outside of school or college. The other benefits: If you really enjoy your work experience, you’ll be fired up about succeeding in your career, you’ll have expanded your network and you may even land your perfect first job.


But if you don’t love it, that’s great too. You can rule out that option and be clear about what you don’t want. Hopefully, you’ll also have gained some transferable skills and knowledge that will boost your CV.


Here at Fetch we offer days of work experience and its a little bit like a bus, you can hop on and off with whatever fits in with your studies and lifestyle. All of our team began their careers by volunteering in their spare time which eventually lead to opportunities of working with animals. On work experience with us you will learn:


  • Dog breed and temperament testing

  • Normal and stereotypical behaviours

  • Walking and handling techniques

  • How to grow your own business

  • Customer service and interaction

  • Industry links and references


So now is the time to make the most of your time in preparation for one of the most rewarding jobs in the world! We look forward to helping you along the way


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