Get­ting a job in an­gling

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

I LOSE count of the num­ber of young­sters who ask me how they can make a liv­ing in the an­gling world. I know that there are hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, of young read­ers who would like an­swers, so here is how Tom For­man and Dan Yeo­mans did it at Nash Tackle.

Tom had met up with Alan Blair just as he’d left school, and Alan ad­vised him to do a fish­ery man­age­ment course at Shut­tle­worth. Whilst there, Tom got a seven-week place­ment work­ing at Lac Chateau Cav­agnac. It was there, in­ci­den­tally, where Tom met Kevin Nash.

Tom fell in love with the scene, and after com­plet­ing his stud­ies, spent three sum­mers in France, com­ing back to the UK in win­ter to work in their bait fac­tory. Qual­i­fied, ea­ger, gain­ing in ex­pe­ri­ence and a great bloke, it is no sur­prise that, at 31, Tom is now events and mar­ket­ing man­ager.

Dan stud­ied video pro­duc­tion at univer­sity and then went into a nor­mal job, where he kicked his heels a bit. Be­ing ob­sessed with an­gling and film, he built up a great port­fo­lio of vis­ual work. He just got out there, study­ing what he was do­ing, per­fect­ing it and dis­tribut­ing it un­til he caught Alan’s eye on so­cial me­dia.

Alan phoned Dan one lunch break, chat­ted for a while and then said: “Dan, I’ve got five per cent bat­tery life left. Do you want a job or not?” Dan fin­ished his lunch, went back into the of­fice and re­signed on the spot. At 29, he is now me­dia man­ager, and lov­ing ev­ery minute.

So, there you have it. The key is to get qual­i­fied, get mo­ti­vated and get out there, show­ing your tal­ents and drive. Aim to be the best, and love your fish­ing, of course.

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