Students get up close and personal with animals and employers as they learn secrets to success at careers fair

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Hartpury witnessed an animal invasion yesterday as the college played host to canines, a crocodile and other creatures at a college careers event.

Employers from across Gloucestershire descended on Hartpury as more than 200 College Animal Management students were able to gain an insight into potential future career choices. They were able to interact with a variety of businesses, ranging from dog breeders and trainers to zoos, charities and research laboratories.

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Chloe Finch, a 17-year-old second year BTEC Animal Management student from Cheltenham, said: “It was a really good day because I’ve not always been sure about what I wanted to do in the future but this event has opened my eyes about career paths.

“It’s been great to learn more about and get hands on with the animals on display and also find out about the range of different businesses that are available as a career choice.”

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Emily Wilton, a lecturer at Hartpury who organised the event, added: “The day was planned to give our students a taste into life after Hartpury and show them the opportunities that exist within the animal industry.

“From guide dogs to French Bulldog puppies and even a pony, the students were able to interact with the animals and also find out what they need to do to progress in certain fields. They were also able to explore the opportunities to gain a voluntary or part-time work placement. It was a very successful day and we look forward to running another event in the future.”

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As well as events like this, students at Hartpury are given a range of opportunities to boost their chances of moving into their dream career. Alongside obtaining their BTEC qualification, they receive a ‘Hartpury Certificate’ that they work towards achieving during their studies.

This recognises the activities they have undertaken to make them more employable and is based on a combination of grades provided by employers on work placements and commercial staff on the Hartpury site. They also complete an Employability Skills booklet to evidence the practical skills they have learned that will help them hit the ground running in the workplace.

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