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From Idea to Employment: How Animal Courses Direct is Your One-Stop-Shop for Getting a Job in the Animal Sector

16 / 08 / 2022

From Idea to Employment: How Animal Courses Direct is Your One-Stop-Shop for Getting a Job in the Animal Sector

Did you know the average person spends one-third of their lifetime at work? It’s a staggering statistic and one that shows it’s never been more important to love what you do for a living.

For animal lovers, pursuing jobs working with animals is the key to a rewarding and fulfilling career. Yet with the specific knowledge and skills required for animal jobs, many opportunities have specific entry requirements you need to meet to get hired.

You don’t need to worry though. If you’re thinking of an animal career, you can take your next steps with confidence when working with Animal Courses Direct, because we provide a full-cycle service that will help you start your dream animal career.

We Give You Career Advice

You might be sitting there thinking ‘I know I want to work with animals, but what jobs can you get working with animals?’ with no real certainty of which way to turn. Or, you could have a good idea of the type of animal job you want to pursue, but you’re unsure of the capacity in which you should work, or some other role-specific query.

Whatever your situation, we can provide you with the answers you need. Our unique full career support service starts here, with our team providing you with detailed career advice so you know exactly which path to take.

Our team is made up of experienced animal professionals and people who have worked in the industry for many years. So, we know our way around and understand what employers need from their next hire.

Just some of the many areas we can give you advice on include:
  So, no matter if you’ve got no idea of the animal career that’s best for you, or you have particular questions about your next steps, we can help!

We Help You Find the Right Course

In addition to offering you career advice, we also provide you with in-depth guidance on which course to take, should you need to get qualified for your ideal animal career.

It’s often assumed there is one course to qualify you for a certain animal career path, but there can be many courses available that relate to a particular animal job. This is often because they are set at different levels and can provide additional training in specific areas, so you have options depending on what it is you want to achieve.

A great example of this is our dog grooming courses. If you’re looking to get the knowledge and skills for employment in a dog grooming salon, our Level 3 Award Introduction to Dog Grooming is perfect. Whereas, if you want to train in this area and learn how to set up your own dog grooming business, you would need to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming.

By offering this service, we can help you understand your options and find the exact course you need to achieve your goal.

Animal Courses Direct provide a full career support service

We Support You Throughout Your Studies

Whereas many online learning options simply exchange money for course materials, we provide you with dedicated and specialised student support for the duration of your learning journey. Yes, you are studying online, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

Our team of experienced tutors are on hand to help, should you need any information or assistance with modules you find particularly tricky. If you need technical support or some other form of assistance, our efficient customer service team will be happy to assist.

We Help You Find a Practical Placement

As much as we are an online animal course provider, we recognise that employers for animal jobs and pet owners looking to enlist your services, want you to have a combination of relevant training and practical experience.

As part of our mission to get you employed, we provide hands-on training opportunities for animal courses that require a practical skillset. We do this by working in close partnership with numerous animal and conservation charities, so you can gain vital work experience while helping to make a real difference to animals and conservation projects around the world.

What could be better? You get a chance to evidence the skills you need in your career and charities get the critical volunteer support they need to continue their work!

We Give You a Reference

While getting qualified and having work experience can be crucial for many animal jobs, having someone advocate for your capabilities on your behalf can often help you get over the line when it comes to securing employment, or a place at university.

As the largest UK organisation that offers animal courses that are both Ofqual regulated, and meet rigorous government regulated standards, we have a very credible reputation. Upon successful completion of your course, simply ask your Tutor for a reference and you’ll have the biggest voice in the UK animal education sector singing your praises for all to hear!

We Help You Find a Job

Once you’re qualified and ready to go, we don’t simply waive you off and wish you good luck, we take the next steps into the world of work with you.

As part of our employment support package that specifically caters to the animal care, conservation and environmental sectors, we run the Animal Jobs Direct Job Board, which has been in operation since 2004.

Besides advertising available roles, the board also provides the opportunity for you to create your own job seeker profile. This is a great opportunity to communicate your passions, skills, qualifications and experience. It’s also highly successful in helping our extensive network of employers find the right candidates for their animal jobs.

By working so closely with a wide variety of employers in the animal sector, we have helped many aspiring animal professionals just like you find their dream job. No matter if you want to become a Dog Walker, Zoologist or Veterinarian, our job board is the gateway to your employment in the sector.

Animal Courses Direct will help you start an animal career

We Are the Experts In Our Field

Our team is passionate about animal welfare and boasts specialised knowledge of animal care, conservation, environmental training and employment in these sectors. Not only are our people a source of such valuable knowledge, but we are also the only provider that offers regulated training.

Animal Courses Direct are the only course provider offering a range of Ofqual Regulated Qualifications that meet Defra Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations. We are also accredited to offer Quality Endorsed Courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approved training.

So, besides knowing you are receiving a quality education through our online animal courses, this also shows that you can continue to develop your knowledge and skills with us well into your career.

Our Courses Are Cheaper Than University Alternatives

While there are other modes of education you can undertake to reach your animal career goal, our online animal courses can get you qualified for a fraction of the price.

At university, for example, you would be committing to at least three years of study that typically costs over £9,000 a year. Many people believe this is their only option to gain high-level professional animal qualifications, but with Animal Courses Direct offering courses up to Level 6, you can study these big-ticket programmes at a cheaper price. They are also much quicker to complete!

What’s more, our dedicated team has a thorough understanding of what employers are looking for in their employees. We also design each course in consultation with employers, to enhance your career and employment prospects in the animal care, conservation and environmental sectors.

Start Your Career the Right Way

We know that more professionals in the animal sector empowered with the right skills can have a massive impact on animal care and welfare. This is why our passionate team do everything they can to make sure that you walk into your ideal animal career with the ability to affect positive change.

No matter your interests, we have courses to put you on the path to jobs in all corners of the sector.

You can get qualified for jobs involving:
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Reptiles
  • Wildlife
  • Zoo or Safari animals
  • Animal charities
  • Marine conservation
  • Veterinary careers, and more!  
Why wait? We’re ready to walk you through the steps to find and reach your dream animal career.

Find out more now by speaking with our Course Advisors on 01202 006 040 or by contacting them online. Alternatively, view our list of courses below or click to see the full list of reasons to study with Animal Courses Direct!

Also, if you adore animals, you can keep track of all upcoming animal awareness days and events with our FREE calendar! Download it here.

How Animal Courses Direct will help you get an animal job



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