Inspiring specialist careers to be showcased at event

November 2017

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

From the largest equine hospital in Europe to a company that specialises in turning desert into green space – there will be a huge range of interesting opportunities on show at Writtle University College’s Careers Fair.

More than 60 organisations will be inspiring students at the event - on Wednesday 29 November – with the varied and exciting jobs they could go onto after studying.

WUC offers courses in Agriculture, Animal Science and Management, Art & Design, Bioveterinary Science, Equine, Floristry, Global Ecosystem Management, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture & Garden Design, Sport and Veterinary Physiotherapy. As a result, the Careers Fair will give students the opportunity to find out more about a diverse range of employment options.

Among those exhibiting will be The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Colchester Zoo, the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. A specialist veterinary centre will be in attendance, as well as pet behaviour counsellors, a physiotherapy centre and the local Football Association.

There will be seed merchants, feed producers, major suppliers of berries and citrus fruits plus landscapers and garden designers.

Representatives from professional bodies, charities and organisations giving business support services to the sectors WUC serves will be alongside agribusiness property consultants and specialist recruitment companies. There will also be employees from genomic research centre the Sanger Institute and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.

There will be three workshops held as part of the event, concentrating on social media and how to use it to find work, the practicalities of running your own business and how to survive assessment centres.

Mark Yates, Careers Coordinator at Writtle University College, said: “The nature of our specialist courses means that there are some very interesting career options for our students, such as a nutritionist, an equine behaviour consultant or a government research scientist. Nearly 97% of the last Higher Education cohort surveyed were either working or undertaking further study.

“The Careers Fair has grown every year and aims to bring together a breadth of organisations to inspire students with the career possibilities that could be open to them.

“Employers really value the chance to talk to students about their future options and students gain a lot from talking to employers about how their studies are relevant to different opportunities. It’s a great chance for students to think through how their studies will improve their future career and studies.”

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Among the employers attending are:

• Acoura – risk services for the food and drink supply chain

• Active Essex – sport and physical activity partnership

• Activitots – multi-sport class for toddlers

• ADAS - agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice

• Agenda Resource Management – specialist recruitment agency

• Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

• American Herbal Products Association

• Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

• Ball Colegrave – wholesale distributor of seeds and plants to commercial growers

• Bidwells – agribusiness property consultancy

• British Horse Society – equestrian charity

• British Horseracing Authority

• British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council

• Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) – marine science and technology for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security

• CIEEM – Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management

• Colchester Zoo

• Dalton Seeds – quality seed producer for farmers

• Decathlon – sporting goods retailer

• Desert Group – transforms desert into green space

• Dick White Referrals – one of the largest specialist veterinary centres in Europe

• Dodson and Horrell – horse feed specialist

• English Heritage

• Equine Careers – specialist recruitment company

• Essex Farm Services – agricultural contracting company

• Essex Football Association

• Essex Outdoors – outdoor education provider

• Essex Police

• Essex Wildlife Trust

• Essex Young Entrepreneurs Network

• Frontier – gap years and volunteering abroad

• G’s Fresh – salad and vegetable grower for major UK retailers

• Ground Control – commercial landscapers

• Hall Hunter – sustainable producer of British berries

• Historic and Botanic Garden Trainee Programmes (HBGTP)

• Hutchinsons – crop production specialists

• Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery

• Landscape Institute – the royal chartered body for landscape architects and professionals

• Lauriston Farm – biodynamic organic farm in Goldhanger

• Marriage’s Feed – feed supplier for poultry, game, livestock, horses and small animals

• Marsh Farm, Essex

• Mid Essex Teacher Training

• MMUK – citrus and grape specialists

• National Trust

• Newmarket Equine Hospital – largest equine hospital in Europe

• Nuffield Health

• PDSA – the UK’s leading vet charity

• Pets at Home

• Roger Gladwell – landscaping and garden design

• Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

• Royal Horticultural Society

• Saracan Horse Feed

• Savills – real estate firm

• SEIB – specialist equine insurance brokers

• Society of Garden Designers

• Stewart Landscape Construction – commercial and domestic landscaping

• The Physiotherapy Academy, Essex County Cricket Ground

• The Prince’s Trust

• Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association

• Timac Agro – developer, manufacturer and marketer of specialist fertilisers and nutritional specialities

• Van Hage – online garden centre

• Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - genomic research