Students meet employers at Animal Management event
The ‘Meet the Employer’ event was supported by top local and national organisations.
Animal Management students at The Manchester College recently enjoyed an exciting ‘Meet the Employer’ event at our Wythenshawe campus.
Eight employers supported the event, giving students the chance to find out more about their work, and discuss work experience and career opportunities. They were:
- Blackpool Zoo
- Blue Cross
- The Cambridge Dog Lodge
- Cats Protection
- Greater Manchester Police dogs
- Guide Dogs
- Manchester Dogs Home
- Tropical Marine Centre
The employers offered presentations and practical activities throughout the day, with students gaining valuable insight into the various career paths open to them.
Speaking about the event, Head of Department for Animal Management, Liz Peters, said: “We wanted to ensure that learners got a real taste of what’s going on in the employment world for animal care.
The students have loved it, they’ve all found it very interesting and it’s giving them other ideas of jobs that they can eventually work towards, as well as going to university.
Mia Ford, a Level 3 Animal Management student, added: “I think days like today are really good because there’s a variety of different industries here and a wide range of jobs that I could go into. It gives me an insight on not only what the jobs are but what they entail and what sort of things you’ll be doing on a day-to-day basis. I think it’s really good to just have that knowledge.”
The day concluded with guests having a tour of our new facilities at our Centre of Excellence for Animal Management, including bespoke reptile and small animal care rooms and fantastic new outdoor animal pens.
Owner of The Cambridge Dog Lodge, Georgia Cambridge, said: “It was an amazing opportunity to be there and meet everyone, representing my sector of the animal care industry. I especially like the animal care course and facilities and how positive the college is.”
Vicky Cook, Research and Student Liaison Officer at Blackpool Zoo, added: “I think the best thing is being able to meet the students face-to-face so you’re able to build up a network, in the hope that you’ll see those faces again in the future when they’re applying for jobs and looking for careers.”