I got the results I wanted, both at GCSE and A-Level. I was awarded A*-Bs at GCSE and A-Cs at A-Level. For most people my age, with my grades, university follows. It’s a natural progression, pushed by the majority of teachers and lots of parents. However, for me, it just wasn’t the right option.I decided that, knowing the way in which I used to work myself up around exam time, a university career – with tuition fees adding to pressure – wasn’t going to be for me. Instead, I wanted to find a job that I was enthusiastic about, something I could really get stuck in to. I’ve always been passionate about animals, dogs in particular, so I took some work experience at a veterinary practice. It was a fascinating experience, but one in which you’re, most often than not, encountering animals in various states of distress. And I found that hard to watch, to be around. I knew that I wanted to work with animals, but in a different setting. After doing some research, I found Guru. Guru is a pet food company established and owned by Andrew and Lisa Clarke. They’re the loveliest people, and their passion for animals and animal welfare is unmatched. The company creates cold-pressed dog food – a unique, but traditional, method that requires gently mixing ingredients together before they’re pressed at a low temperature of 44 degrees. The method ensures that the food, and its ingredients, retain much of their nutritional value. I applied for a role helping to look after Guru’s brand and marketing, and after being offered the job, I was excited to start. Not only do I get to work with a devoted team passionate about animal welfare, but my responsibilities are varied and challenging. And it’s that mixture of collaboration and opportunities to enhance my skill-set with the company that really appeals, so ensuring you have a strong internal communication and the chance to learn within your business is key to attract young and hungry workers.
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