With Christmas and New Year done and dusted, this is the time of year when we really start gearing up for the new season at Dorset Adventure Park. January is a big month for us at the park, particularly when it comes to recruiting staff for the 2020 season. With our recruitment drive in full swing, we thought we’d tell you a little bit about what it’s like to work at a place that’s been described as “one of the best things to do in Dorset”.
In previous blogs we’ve touched on the importance of jobs for young people, particularly in rural communities where opportunities are unlikely to be as abundant as they are in larger towns and cities. Jobs provide vital experience in managing money, boost confidence, and look great to potential future employees. Even if they are not particularly related to your future ambitions, the importance of gaining some vital workplace experience cannot be overstated. They show commitment, work ethic, a willingness to learn and adapt, all essential skills for any workplace. This is particularly true in a place such as Dorset Adventure Park, where you’ll deal with some unconventional scenarios you’re unlikely to encounter in the average office job, but will none the less prove a well-rounded education in readiness to take on the wider world.
With job roles often fiercely contested, anything that can add a bit of variety to a young person’s CV is often invaluable. It demonstrates commitment to prospective employers, showing you’re prepared to get up on those early mornings and weekends, and may help you to stand out from the crowd, particularly if you’ve done something a little unusual (such as working at Dorset’s premier adventure park for example).
At Dorset Adventure Park, the phrase no two days are the same couldn’t be more accurate. Where else could you find yourself having to serve customers in a snack shack before having to leap through the hatch to avoid a swarm of angry hornets? Or dodge the repeated attacks of a disgruntled swan? Where else might you find yourself donning a pair of waders and weeding a lake from a canoe? Or enjoying the freedom of working outdoors in one of the most picturesque parts of the country in the shadow of a ruined castle?
Will any of these scenarios stand you in good stead if you intend to pursue a career as a lawyer or a doctor? That’s perhaps debatable, but what is indisputable is that you’ll have a lot of fun doing it, will make some great friends, learn some invaluable life skills and will look back fondly upon it in years to come.
The park could be a great place to come for your first job, it can fill in as a stop-gap between college and university, help you save funds for travelling, or to buy a car. Some of our guys have been with us for a number of seasons, and even when they depart for university, often return to work with us during holiday periods. For an insight on what it’s truly like to work at the park, what not check out our series of staff profiles that we’ve been running on our blog for the past few months?
If you are perhaps considering a career that’s a little out of the ordinary, then working at the park could be a great first step. Many of our seasonal staff also work as instructors in the outdoor industries, teaching the likes of rock climbing, kayaking, coasteering and generally sharing the joys of spending time in the great outdoors. If you’re the adventurous type, this could be just the head start you’re looking for.
We are recruiting for a number of different roles for the 2020 season, including lifeguards, food kiosk servers and reception operatives. We try to train our staff in a number of different areas so they have the flexibility to switch between roles, mix things up and keep it interesting and challenging. We offer great flexibility with either full season roles running from mid-March until the end of October, weekend and school holidays only, and short season positions running from June to early September.
Whether you’re looking for some work to fit alongside your studies, or as a means of earning some money between college and uni, we can find something to suit you. You’ll get to work as part of our friendly team, meet some amazing people and have a lot of laughs along the way.
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