1) I have decided to take June/July/August off from my two part-time jobs. So I will just have one 40 hour a week job. I haven't had one job since I was 21 years old (I'm 29 now). I work at a barn and at a gym and my hours have primarily been on the weekends. My husband and I are hoping to do some camping this year and working weekends just isn't going to happen. I will decide at the end of the summer if I want to go back (both jobs are aware).
2) In the ideal version of my life I have a part-time version of my current full-time job and I work a day or two a week a stable (I also live on a acreage!). I love barn work, if it paid more I would do that full-time.
So... I have this "dream barn" that one day I wanted to bring Henry to. It's a showjumping barn and Henry is the closest thing in my herd to a jumper so he was nominated to be in my dream barn fantasy. It's a beautiful high end facility. They regularly compete at Spruce Meadows. I look at their website every now and then and follow them on social media. And there is no way that I could ever afford to board or train there. But hey, a girl can dream right?
I hadn't looked at their page for a while but somehow I wandered over to it a few weeks ago. There was a posting seeking a part-time working student, for a few extra chores and lunging (with riding opportunities in the future).
On a whim I decided to send an e-mail expressing my interest. I'm not quitting my full-time job so I'm only available in the evenings (not weekends during the summer). I mentioned this in my e-mail. I thought it was kind of a long shot that they would like a random working student to work an evening or two during the week but it doesn't hurt to ask!
After a few weeks past I figured they had already found someone or were not interested in my availability.
And then yesterday - I got an e-mail! They sounded very interested and were totally fine with me working whenever I wanted to. I have a meeting on Tuesday evening to see the facility and have more of an official interview.
I definitely need more details. Also my husband is out of town and I need to discuss it with him. If it is a good fit I would probably work the two evenings that my arena is booked. Potentially this could be a great opportunity for me and the horses. But maybe I want to just work one full-time job and enjoy some free time for a change!
Has anyone ever been a working student? Or had a part-time working student opportunity? I was supposed to be a working student when I was 21 at a dressage barn in North Carolina. At the last minute plans fell apart. The trainer turned out to be a creep and pretty much a horse abuser, so I decided not to go. I'm disappointed that I didn't seek out another opportunity at that time rather than just quitting on the whole idea.