Top tips for finding a job in the equine industry

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With many equine colleges now offering BSc or even masters degrees alongside the foundation degrees that replaced HNDs, a stream of graduates is pouring into the equestrian job market. But equine graduates can boost their job prospects in these tough economic times by following these practical tips

• Be realistic about the job you want and what qualifications will help you get it

• Tailor your degree — many offer modules to boost certain areas, such as business management

• Be placement-smart — a good work placement means invaluable industry experience and looks great on your CV

• A really good CV and covering letter is essential — first impressions count

• “I knew the job market was tough so I tailored my CV to emphasise the sales, marketing and business modules I had done. I also made sure my covering letter pointed out my transferable skills,” says equine business management graduate Kat Ward, who now works for Coca-Cola

• Think laterally; bring marketing and communication skills together with a passion for horses for a job in equestrian PR

• Go beyond horses. If your dream equine job doesn’t come up on graduation, build up your CV elsewhere

For the full article on getting on in the equine job market, see the current issue of Horse & Hound (5 August, ’10)

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Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk