Today (Thursday 7 April) marks the start of the Crabbie’s Grand National. The most famous event of the festival, The Grand National itself, takes place on Saturday 9 April. In that chase the racehorse and rider have to complete two circuits of the iconic Grand National course – with 30 fences to be jumped as four miles, two furlongs and about 74 yards are covered.
A career in racing could help ensure you’re close to the action. The Careers in Racing website offers lots of advice about starting in the industry and there are plenty more careers than the obvious jockey or racehorse trainer. Some careers you may never have heard of such as Jockey’s Agent, Stud Groom, Head Lad/Lass, Stallion Handler or one of the many roles directly associated with horse racing. You can also find career profiles on the National Careers Service Website.
There are also plenty of roles in taking care of the horses’ health including roles such as Farrier. Again you can find more on veterinary careers on the National Careers Service website. Of course, Jockeys are also highly trained sports professionals which means they require sports and health professional support too.
A race track is a business and so requires all the usual roles in finance and estates. Not to mention specialised roles such as Racecourse Safety Officer, Inspector of Courses, Advanced Flag Operator, Clerk of the Course and Clerk of the Scales.
A big part of racing is the hospitality. There will be more than 150,000 racegoers at Aintree during the three day festival. This means along with permanent roles in event management, there will also be temporary job roles required for the actual Grand National event itself. This offers job seekers the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which may lead to permanent positions either at Aintree or elsewhere. If you’re interested in a career in hospitality from waiting staff to Maître d’, Kitchen Porter to Head Chef, or bar staff to Cellar Porter, you could get your career on a winning track through racing.
In addition to spectators at the Racecourse, around nine million people will watch the Grand National on TV. This brings plenty more roles both in front of the camera such as Commentator or behind as camera operator. There are also associated careers in media relations and marketing.
So whatever the going, there are always plenty of careers in racing.
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