When Will Greenacre finished his 4 week’s work experience with us I asked him to reflect on what he had learnt. Here’s what he had to say……………
1) The Workforce
Mark Stringer the farm manager and Harry Ballard warmly welcomed me to the farm. Their enthusiasm and commitment to their work was quite inspirational. In a small team, interaction with your colleagues is a key part of the motivation and can make even those arduous tasks less painful! Having a break and a cuppa keeps the spirits up and productivity high however miserable the weather.
2) Gruelling work of a fish farmer
After getting soft as a student writing dissertations in the run up to this placement, I have rediscovered how gruelling the life of a fish farmer can be. Early morning starts, wading around in freezing ponds, moving big weights of fish and shovelling silt come rain or shine is very physically demanding.
3) Enjoying what you do
Being passionate about what you do is one of the most important parts of gaining satisfaction from a job. Often people going into fish farming and related industries do so, not from a financial perspective but, in my case, an obsession with fish and the environment that has really stemmed for being a lifelong angler. Enjoying what I do is the fundamental part of my aspiring career goals and something Hampshire Carp has allowed me to further understand.
4) Two heads are better than one
Communication is at the heart of Hampshire Carp’s complex operations. Mostly it is the informal and relaxed interaction between us all, sharing our thoughts and opinions that gets us through the day. The operations on the farm worked well because of effective communication between the directors and farm staff during daily meetings, although I confess that at times to a ‘newbie’ such as myself I found it difficult to follow.
5) Pride in the product
Above all there was a huge sense of fulfilment, pride and achievement in sending out such a range of fabulous looking fish all destined to give pleasure to fish keeper hobbyists and anglers alike.
The list of technical skills and knowledge I’ve learnt through my four-week placement is as long as my arm but to summarise this has been the most rewarding and enjoyable placement I have done throughout my degree programme