Sarah Scott – Horse Care
Sarah Scott, 25 had a previous career as a housekeeper/waitress before changing her path to study equine with us at Oatridge. Sarah aspires to get a job in the equine industry, and currently volunteers at Nenthorn Equestrian Centre in Kelso in the Scottish Borders to increase her experience.
Tell us a bit about your past career:
“I was a housekeeper part time at Burts Hotel in Melrose down in the Scottish Borders. Whilst I was a housekeeper I was also studying small animal management at Borders College. When I completed that course I was offered more hours at Burts Hotel doing waitressing as well as housekeeping. I also volunteered with the local rescue centre called Borders Pet Rescue. Where I would walk the dogs, clean any pens or kennel and any other duties as required. I have always had a love for animals. I worked there until 2014 which is when things started to change. I took ill, so had to have some time off as well as I wanted a change in career in doing what I enjoy. “
What led you to make the decision to change your career path?
“While I was at college and working at Burts Hotel I decided I wanted to learn how to horse ride. I started riding at 18 years old. I absolutely loved going for my lessons. I learned to ride at Nenthorn Equestrian Centre in Kelso which is also in the Scottish borders. I loved it so much that when I was having time off I spent some of my time down at Nenthorn helping out. Because I enjoyed helping out there so much I decided that I wanted to go into the equine industry as a career. Being around horses is just amazing.”
Which course did you study at SRUC?
Why did you choose to study at SRUC?
“I heard that it was such a good college. I used to go to Borders College which is where I studied animal care and I also did my SVQ level 1 horse care. However I decided that I wanted to go to Oatridge as I heard too many positives about it and it was highly recommended. I also wanted to meet new people outside of the Scottish borders.”
Tell us a bit about your experience at SRUC?
“So far I have had an absolutely amazing experience at Oatridge. I find that they are very understanding. I feel like I can approach the lecturers if I have any issues. I find that the work is well planned and organises. I feel that I am coping well with the work load.”
How involved do you feel in SRUC aside from your academic course?
“I am a class rep for the AC horse care where I attend meetings. I feel going to the meetings gets me involved with the campus in general and that it is a chance to put any point across from my class.”
How has your decision changed your life?
“I have such a positive outlook now a days. Applying to Oatridge and attending gives me something to aim for. You are never too young to change you career path and never to young to study.”