Already working in racing and after careers advice?

Published on: 1 Mar 2022

If you already work in racing horseracing and are looking for a change of job, the team at careersinracing are always on hand to offer advice and support.  But did you know that you could get careers coaching and even possible financial support for training courses via the Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) run by Racing Welfare it is available to support anyone already working in the the horseracing industry.  You can find out more about them on the CATS website

Here's a case study of Sarah’s experience:

“Jack of all trades and master of none” – this is how Sarah Judge viewed herself prior to careers coaching through the Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) – part of Racing Welfare’s award-winning Workforce Wellbeing Programme.

Sarah has extensive experience in the racing industry. She has worked as an apprentice to top trainer Mark Johnston, was a racing secretary for ten years to Neville Callaghan and she has worked in owners’ and trainers’ facilities at Doncaster Racecourse, Market Rasen, Newmarket and Meydan. Her skills are wide-ranging, and her knowledge of the industry is deep.

On Sarah’s return from Dubai, she discovered that she could get a careers coach. Feeling buoyed by the careers coaching sessions, Sarah has since secured herself a new job as International Racing Liaison Manager at the Saudi Cup. She says:

“I thought ‘I didn’t know such people existed!’, I didn’t even know what a careers coach was! It was brilliant, and the careers coach was fantastic. The sessions were every ten days and I’d have a bit of homework researching jobs in between.

“Once I spoke to the careers coach, I was able to implement practical changes – mainly to my CV and how applied for jobs. I made sure I related my CV very closely to the job application and I found that I had made my CV too long.

“My whole outlook became more positive, and the careers coach said I had so much to offer. I felt more confident about myself.”

This practical and emotional support through CATS has helped Sarah to secure a job which had been in the pipeline for some time:

“I’m off to Saudi Arabia to the Saudi Cup to work in the offices there as International Racing Liaison Manager. I wanted something that was a step up and used my experience.

“I didn’t realise how much help I needed until I spoke to her. It was almost emotional because I really had to think about my career. It was brilliant, and I got way more out of it than I ever thought that I would.