31st January 2022
Since the pandemic many people have decided to re-evaluate their lives.
From where they live, to what job they do, and a Devon college is helping people swap the more sedentary office life for a more active one.
“We have lots of courses and qualifications for people of all ages who are either considering a career change or are starting out on their post 16 year old education journey,” explained Ben Reynolds, Programme Coordinator for South Devon College’s Adventure Sports Department.
“Whatever you want to be, a sports coach or an outdoor instructor, we’ll have the right course for you.
With the fantastic location we live in, with the English Riviera designated a UNESCO Global Geo Park, and the Dartmoor National Parks, there is no better place to connect with nature. This connection can provide unique experiences and developing understanding of our impact and our role in protecting and looking after areas we co-exist with nature.”
Ben says time spent outside improves people’s physical and mental health by decreasing stress and relieving tension.
“Being a leader in the outdoors provides you with the opportunity to encourage others and enable them to receive these benefits whilst you also benefit yourself. Leaders can inspire others to achieve more than they thought possible themselves. Not only can you develop your connection with them but also their connection with others in different settings, watching many children, young people and adults learn and grow.”
Adventure sports student, Owen Keith-Hill, says his course has helped him to go to some amazing locations which not many people get to see.
“Amazing beaches hidden by the cliffs that you may only be able to access by kayak, beautiful rivers, mountains and wildlife.”
Owen’s long term aim is to set up his own outdoor centre.
So if you’ve decided this is the year to swap your business suit for waterproofs, your heels for wellies or your staff canteen meals for a packed lunch here’s our top five outdoor jobs for 2022;
1. Expedition leader
Expedition leaders have opportunities to travel worldwide, often in developing nations, while responsible for groups. They take people to new places so expeditions are often unpredictable and full of change. Expeditions may involve trekking, cultural adventure and community project work.
2. Activity centre manager
Duties can include purchasing the items needed for activities, setting up rooms for activities and events, overseeing the residents to ensure they are safe and following the rules and instructions, training other activities workers and promoting the centre.
3. Outdoor instructor
Outdoor activities instructors lead trips and teach skills in activities like hill walking, climbing, canoeing, skiing, paddleboarding and snowboarding.
4. Sailing instructor
A sailing instructor instructs people on how to sail a variety of boats. Many instructors work for themselves and are members of sailing industry associations. Others in this field work for government agencies, travel agencies, sports resorts, or educational institutions.
5. Countryside ranger
Countryside rangers and wardens protect, manage and enhance the habitats of wildlife. Most work in an area open to the public and ensure that people can use, enjoy and understand the countryside without disturbing plants or animals.
At South Devon College there is a wide range of training pathways, including degree level study, you can follow to upskill yourself to work in these settings. Employers looking to upskill their staff might be interested in the new Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Outdoor Leadership.
For more information on a courses at South Devon College www.southdevon.ac.uk