Careers for Young People in Rural England
Management of land and buildings will always be a busy profession in the countryside, and in Oxfordshire we have a huge variety of woodlands, farming estates, large properties and new builds that will ensure the possibility of finding work for years to come.
Abingdon & Witney College offer a countryside management diploma, which would be the perfect introduction to a career in this exciting and profitable industry.
Are you passionate about rural life, but more of a creative disposition? You’d be hard pressed to find a county more suited to a budding garden designer than Oxfordshire, with the prevalence of high-income homes and large gardens ensuring the demand for a skilled designer remains high. We are also lucky enough to live near the Oxford College of Garden Design, who offer “virtual classroom” courses that allow you to learn from home whilst also enjoying daily contact with your tutors and fellow classmates.
The perfect career for someone who’s young, fit and living in a rural area. Tree surgeons can earn very good money, particularly if you run your own business.
Courses are available all over the country, and Oxfordshire has a wealth of tree surgery businesses to approach for apprenticeships or entry-level jobs
As environmental issues become more and more pressing and legislation broadens, the conservation industry becomes more profitable. There are growing opportunities within sectors such as pollution control, waste management, recycling and carbon management. Careers in the environmental sector often require a postgraduate qualification, but local authorities also have schemes available to train those who are interested in a career in conservation.
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