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    Hello,

    I am 28 and thinking of changing my career from education to Animal care. I have GCSE's (inc English, Triple Science and redid Maths at college), a BTEC level 3, Foundation qualification and two degrees, one being a PGCE in FE Teaching. However due to not being able to complete my first year in the last 3 years and possibly missing my window, but also up against stiff competition and specialising in a creative area I feel that I have lost my passion for teaching and wanting to pursue one of my other passions which is animals!

    I have had pets in the past such as cats, dogs, hamsters and now gerbils. If I could I would have all sorts of animals and turn my garden into a little sanctuary but unfortunately looking after our neighbourly squirrel is the closest I will get ha ha!

    I am aware that I would have to go back to college but I wanted to know whether vocational is the better option mixing practical with theory and gain experience through volunteering in the meantime?
    Also with going back to college I would like to continue to work so is there any flexibility to do this?
    Which courses would be most suitable from a BTEC to a foundation to possibly university. Would University be needed if I wanted to go into Zoology or Veterinary nurse?
    Would I be applicable for an Apprenticeship or am I too old? I'm 28 and feeling a little daft about going back to college with younger students.

    Any advise or ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance! x
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    Hello,

    I am 28 and thinking of changing my career from education to Animal care. I have GCSE's (inc English, Triple Science and redid Maths at college), a BTEC level 3, Foundation qualification and two degrees, one being a PGCE in FE Teaching. However due to not being able to complete my first year in the last 3 years and possibly missing my window, but also up against stiff competition and specialising in a creative area I feel that I have lost my passion for teaching and wanting to pursue one of my other passions which is animals!

    I have had pets in the past such as cats, dogs, hamsters and now gerbils. If I could I would have all sorts of animals and turn my garden into a little sanctuary but unfortunately looking after our neighbourly squirrel is the closest I will get ha ha!

    I am aware that I would have to go back to college but I wanted to know whether vocational is the better option mixing practical with theory and gain experience through volunteering in the meantime?
    Also with going back to college I would like to continue to work so is there any flexibility to do this?
    Which courses would be most suitable from a BTEC to a foundation to possibly university. Would University be needed if I wanted to go into Zoology or Veterinary nurse?
    Would I be applicable for an Apprenticeship or am I too old? I'm 28 and feeling a little daft about going back to college with younger students.

    Any advise or ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance! x

    Hello,

    I understand how difficult it can be to get started with a career change and making sure, you have all the next steps in place.

    For a Zoologist it’s very likely you will need to go to university. If you wanted to carry on working whilst working towards a degree you may find the Open Uni a good option and I have provided a link before for all the distance learning degrees they do related to Zoology:

    http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/find/zoology#

    Veterinary Nursing can be done at both Uni and through an apprenticeship. You’re certainly NOT too old to take up an apprenticeship and you can look for local vacancies here:

    https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

    There is funding support available for adults who are looking to get back into education and to find out more I would recommend calling us on 0800 100 900. You may also be able to book a free face to face appointment with a local adviser.

    I’m also happy to try and support further where I can.

    I hope this helps, and best of luck.

    Sophie – The National Careers Service.
 
 
 
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