Do you want to work as a horse supply shop assistant?
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UPDATED: 5 November 2020
1. What is a horse supply shop assistant?
A horse supply shop assistant works and performs various sales and general administrative duties within a shop that sells supplies to horse owners.
Also known as:
- Horse Supply Store Worker
- Horse Tack Shop Assistant
2. What do they do?
Animal Care / Farming & Livestock Management
A horse supply shop assistant performs various general duties in a shop, from helping to keep the shop clean, the products displayed correctly, to assisting customers in their shopping choices.
- Daily upkeep of a store
- Sell supplies including food, medicine, tackle and promotional material
- Assist customers, answering questions and offering product advice
- Keep the store clean
- Stock shelves, order products from distributors, and maintain records on the products
Where they work:
Horse supply shop assistants mainly work indoors, within the store itself. More hands on assistants might be requested to transport stock to customers, or work outside in a closed in storage area.
Places of Employment –
In local horse supply shops.
A horse supply shop assistant can make around US$30,000 per year.
An assistant with relevant years of experience may be promoted to Store Manager, or move on to other animal care careers, such as animal caretakers, kennel workers, or rescue center staff. They may also decide to venture into business by opening their own store.
The work will usually include a significant amount of weekend work and can also involve working evenings, especially in some of the larger stores.
Future Growth and Possibilities:
The market is growing good, at almost 10% per year.
3. Which Skills are required?
The skills required for a career as a horse supply shop assistant can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Basic computer literacy
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
These subjects are the ones recognized around the world. The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
5. What will I need to Study?
Generally, horse supply store assistants must have at least a minimum of a high school certificate, when working for an established business. There are no further requirements, however experience with horses and a horse related qualification will enhance your CV and put you in a strong position when applying for jobs.
Although further education is not necessary, the best assistants learns additional skills on the job, or acquire skills through completing short courses.
When you do decide to further your skills, you might want to focus on short courses that specializes in caring for horses as well as dealing with their behavioral issues. To enable promotion to Manager, in-house training and courses in management will be good.
The duration of short courses differ, but can range from a few days to a few weeks.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths:
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Stepping Stone Career:
Being an accessories maker can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an apprentice designer after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship:
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need will be acquired through on-the-job training. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
If you do want to work for a business, entry level positions (or junior positions) require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior person or expert. The more hands on careers, such as animal trainers might require apprenticeship.
Join the Horse Supply Shop Assistants Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education for people entering the career:
6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.
7. Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards animal care and training.
8. Join the OZT community
Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a Horse Supply Shop Assistant.
Members of the Platform have special access to:
- Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
- Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
- Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
- Make friends around the world and share knowledge
- Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!
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