With Britain in a double dip recession, times are tough, and the equestrian industry is no exception.

According to UK poverty statistics, the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has increased noticeably in recent years — rising from 15% in 2008 to 20% in 2010. And two-fifths of those who are unemployed are under 25 — with more men than women out of work.

Competition for jobs is rife — there can be up to 100 applications for one role as recent graduates, mature students and newly redundant professionals all fight for positions.

Follow our tips for success:

  • Read the job description and be clear on what type of contract is on offer, temporary or permanent, full- or part-time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Be clear on any commission, pay or bonus schemes. Understand targets and employer expectations
  • Clarify the use of any company car and mobile phone
  • Clarify holiday entitlement, or paid holiday and time in lieu if working away or at the weekend
  • For employment rights seek specialist advice. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau is a good place to start
  • Have a good CV — make sure your spelling and grammar are spot on and that the content of your CV specifically targets the job you’re applying for
  • You can never have too much work experience — volunteer wherever you can
  • Attend events, courses and lectures to gain knowledge and contacts
  • Be flexible — you might have to move for your perfect job
  • Make the most of the advice and experience of your tutors
  • Don’t specialise too early, ensure you have transferable skillsWhere to go for advice:

    www.horseandhound.co.uk/careers
    www.beva.org.uk
    www.equine-careers.co.uk
    www.careersinracing.com
    www.northernracingcollege.co.uk
    www.brs.org.uk
    www.farrier-reg.gov.uk
    www.mastersaddlers.co.uk
    www.myerscough.ac.uk
    www.reaseheath.ac.uk
    www.hartpury.ac.uk
    www.darleyflyingstart.com
    www.britishgrooms.org.uk
    www.naoss.co.uk
    www.brookes.ac.uk/studying/courses/undergraduate/2013/equine
    www.citizensadvice.org.uk

    To read the full careers special, where we look at ways to reduce your student debt, see the current issue of H&H (17 January 2013)

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