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Advice for getting a part time job? (Eng) - October 7th 2015, 12:39 AM

Hey everyone!

I'm 17 and I really could do with getting myself a part time job. Its really difficult because I dropped out of school at age 15 and have no GCSE qualifications, which most people want now a days, or at least some form of experience.

At college I am doing Functional Skill Maths & English. And studying a Equine Course (Horses) Level 2 Diploma In Horse Care. I did work experience to get on to my course.

And its alright saying apply at a riding school - but in my area they say its age 18 - because of insurance policy. So that's not an option nor is the Horse rescue sanctuary.

I could go for a feed supplier but yet they always want you to have some background in retail and customer service and its like how can I get that experience if I cant even be given the chance?

I prefer to do animal shops, or tack shops or something along the animal line - simply because I keep motivated and it will give a great chance to learn about different types of feeds, diets etc. Or animal care products.

For some odd reason I feel my social anxiety is lessened when its animal related than when its not, like if I was to work in a clothes shop I'd literally have this panicking melt down and probably cry with fear, its so strange how animals being out the best in me.

Anyways, and suggestions at all? I'd only be able to do part time, Fri-Sun But anything for a bit of payment, what could I try and look into?

I have a cv written, however I don't know if its appropriate. I often email around places and hope for the best but nothing ever comes up. I even tried pets at home, but didn't get on board I'm literally helpless!

Please remember I'm in the UK - Eng & so if you use and weblink suggestions please ensure there appropriate for my country lol.

Thankyou in advance!
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Re: Advice for getting a part time job? (Eng) - October 12th 2015, 11:13 AM

Hey Chloe,

It's great that you are working towards functional skills in maths and English as well as studying for a diploma in horse care. Have you written that on your CV? Even though you don't have the qualifications yet, you can say that you are working towards them.

Many people find themselves in similar situations where they want a job but the job asks for experience, and they can't get experience in the first place, so try not to worry.

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't get a job at pets at home. Have you tried asking/handing out your CV to local pet shops? I think it might also be worth checking out the feed suppliers too- you have nothing to lose.

If it's a case of needing more experience, then it's probably best to volunteer somewhere first before applying for a part time job. Though working in retail can be daunting, you could try out with the PDSA, RSPCA or the Blue Cross charity shops, as they are still animal themed. Or you could volunteer at a horse sanctuary, or dog rescue centres, depending on your area.

If money is your main concern, then perhaps you might like to take up pet sitting or dog walking. You could ask to put posters up in newsagents or take out a little ad in the newspaper. I'm not sure if it's possible, but if you know anyone with horses or any stables/farms near you, you could offer to muck out the stables for a small charge.

As for your CV, try to tailor it to the jobs that you are applying for. If what you have on your CV doesn't fit with the job either take it our or talk about skills/knowledge that you gained and how you could apply that to the job.

Is it possible to talk to a careers advisor at college? They might be able to help you out or put you into contact with people who can help you. Otherwise, you could always check out the National Careers Service here.
For more advice on finding and applying for jobs, you can check out our article here.

It actually makes a lot of sense that animals help you to feel calmer and be yourself without anxiety. Have you thought about getting help for your anxiety? It's great that you find animals calming but it would be even better if you could overcome the anxiety!

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