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    Career advice for a 16yr old outdoor enthusiast

    My Nephew has just turned 16 and is in the process of getting careers advice from his school. He is a bright lad but all he wants to do is fish (and shoot when he gets a chance) He will walk for miles and miles along our local rivers in pursuit of a few little brown trout. His Dad has lined him up with a mate laying block driveways (my brother has no ambition at all) but I hope he doesnt take this route. We are fairly local to Reesheath and Walford College so he could go to either. He isn't a farmer so farming style courses are out. Anyone got a suggestion for a course he can take that is fairly generic so he can edge his bets or any other advice to help him find an apprenticeship. School careers people dont know what to say to him as working outside is either building or farming. What about forestry?

    Ezzy

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    Forestry is great, but it's pore pay for a young starter with no experience! Hard work! He could possibly consider tree surgery but again poor starter wages and the industry is saturated with micro start up companies! Maybe he could get an apprenticeship with a large company. At least he will be earning a small amount whilst he gets hands on experience!

    unfortunately the outdoor lifestyle of shooting and fishing will always be very poor pay as it seems there are dozens and dozens of people willing to fill the gap to again the glamour lifestyle that soon wears of as it becomes a job with the pressure that all jobs can have!

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    I have to ask..if he is a bright lad why is he leaving school at 16?
    careers advice at school level is woeful in my opinion, they are only interested in stats that affect them.

    well paying jobs in a country environment for unskilled and school educated starters are few and far between

    I can't comment in too much detail without knowing what he likes and has aptitude for but my advice would be choose a trade and get some further education.
    if he wants to work outside then look at outdoor trades (block paving is not a "Trade" but could pay well if he wasn't working for someone else running a business and paying him minimum wage)

    better yet...get someone else to pay for it!
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    I would agree careers advice in schools is rubbish. In the state sector, it is staffed by teachers who think the height of human achievement is to be a bloody teacher.

    There is little or no money in rural trades if there is no family farm to inherit.

    If the lad is bright enough, he needs to stay in school , get to a decent university, and get into a profession which pays sufficiently well that he can afford to indulge his tastes.

    If he is of a practical bent then an engineering apprenticeship might be the best option. The ambition should be to learn a craft that allows the lad to set up a little business of his own.

    This is is the advice I am giving my lads.

    A large proportion of the building trade are physically scrap by 50 years old.
    Brian.

    Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you......

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    Hi. I am not from farming background but went to agricultural college to do a HND.
    I was a farm foreman then ran an Agricultural merchants depot for 12 years with knowledge gained form farming.
    there are other jobs like land management courses or combined agri-environmental courses that he may like- see what Walford. Harper adams is a very good university and does several courses, so you could speak to them, as somebody said forestry is poorly paid, as is agriculture, but agriculture may give more opportunities. hope that helps.[
    atb GarethQUOTE=ezzy6.5;657119]My Nephew has just turned 16 and is in the process of getting careers advice from his school. He is a bright lad but all he wants to do is fish (and shoot when he gets a chance) He will walk for miles and miles along our local rivers in pursuit of a few little brown trout. His Dad has lined him up with a mate laying block driveways (my brother has no ambition at all) but I hope he doesnt take this route. We are fairly local to Reesheath and Walford College so he could go to either. He isn't a farmer so farming style courses are out. Anyone got a suggestion for a course he can take that is fairly generic so he can edge his bets or any other advice to help him find an apprenticeship. School careers people dont know what to say to him as working outside is either building or farming. What about forestry?

    Ezzy[/QUOTE]

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    Do A Levels, Study Estate Management and join the University Officer Training Corps, do 3-5 Years as an Army Officer, leave and go into estate management.

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    Nowadays everyone wants qualies, so best to stay at school and college.Another big thing out there is for them to do some voluntary work. Companies who look at someone who has the same qualifications as the next person veer to the one who uses his or her spare time helping others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    There is little or no money in rural trades if there is no family farm to inherit.
    bloody farriers and blacksmiths I know seem to be printing money!!
    those that have branched out into "arty farty" metal work are doing even better.

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    Must admit you never see a poor farmer!

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