With the increase in the number of colleges offering equine courses,
especially those at higher levels such as HND and degree, what prospects
are there for those obtaining these qualifications?
Colleges claim their graduates go into careers such as nutritionists,
lecturers, insurance specialists or yard management.
But how many jobs are actually available compared to the number of
students taking the courses?
Many students take the courses in the belief they will obtain a 'better
career' in the equine industry. Although a few will succeed and become
nutritionists, lecturers etc. there will still be a large majority
who are faced with the choice between becoming a groom or looking
for non-equestrian employment.
There is nothing wrong with being a groom. The job holds many rewards
- such as the opportunity to ride top quality horses, international
travel, free accommodation and free livery. However, the downside
is the low salary and long hours and the possibility that if injury
occurs you may no longer be able to work.
And with university debts to pay off, graduates may be disillusioned
by the thought of taking up this career path, which they could, after
all, have taken at age 16 without the need for further education.
What do you think about equine college courses, particularly the higher
levels? Have you had any experience of the problems faced by graduates?
Whatever your views, we want to hear them on the 'Careers
& Education' discussion board.