Blog 2 – Arvin Chadee
Here is the latest post from our Racing Groom blogger, Arvin Chadee talking about his goals and aims for his path in the racing industry.
I had been working in racing for two years as a groom and work rider, when I came to the decision to further my career within the racing industry. I loved every aspects of my job, but I knew the racing industry as a whole had so much more to offer and I wanted to experience as much of it as I could.
Where to start? The last time I was faced with a careers dilemma, the careers in racing page provided me with an abundance of information and an insight into the amount of opportunity available in various aspects of the sport. The British Horseracing Authority, appealed to me as an organisation I would love to be a part of, the varying aspects of what the BHA does and how it encompasses the sport intrigued me.
Through the careers in racing website I discovered the ‘Careers Advice and Training Service‘ (CATS). They provide support to people who work in racing and are looking to develop or change their careers in the industry. Having made contact I spoke to Rob Wylie, after a conversation explaining my situation and what I would like to achieve he recommended the ‘BHA Graduate Programme‘. After extensive research I decided that it was aptly suited for me, thus I set myself a target of ascertaining a place on to the programme.
The next step for myself would be to go to university and achieve my degree, having been out of education for four years I found it difficult writing a personal statement, a requirement of the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) application process. Fortunately for me I had the assistance of CATS, specifically Rob Wylie. I emailed him numerous drafts and with his guidance I managed to put pen to paper and complete the application process. A little while later I was accepted on the Business Management – BA (Hons) course at London Metropolitan University.
Having worked in racing and personally witnessed the hard work and dedication every staff member provides for the horses in their care, the warm welcome and education they have provided someone like myself. I felt I wanted to give something back, what better way than through the governing body of British horseracing.
Look out for part 3 where I will talk about how I balance university and racing life.