08 May Group Leader Interview – Kat
When Started: January 2019
Position Held: Group Leader
Background: 4 years outdoor instructor across the UK and France.
Hobbies / Interests: Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing, Hiking, the Outside and Good Food.
What centre do you work at and what’s great about where you live?
I work at Barhaugh Hall in Alston. I live in Carlisle which is a bit of a commute but I have the best of both worlds. Walking distance from all amenities but a 30 minute drive and I have the Lake District at my feet. I couldn’t ask for anything better!
Why did you choose Robinwood?
I started my outdoor career as an apprentice working 48 hour weeks with a day off every now and again, I moved on to work in France and up and down the UK, doing more of the same hours. Robinwood offered the job I know I love with a work/life balance and the security of a permanent contract; alongside an array of other benefits the company offer, this was a huge selling point for me.
How did you find the selection process?
The selection process was a brilliant idea. It gave us the chance to meet some of the existing staff and the people we could be potentially working with. The process was a good challenge, putting you on the spot but always feeling at ease. Also providing the opportunity to ask any questions you have in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet Martin and see how passionate he is about Robinwood.
What’s the best part of your job?
Can I say the view?
The centre is specifically designed to 7-11 year olds; giving the opportunity to really develop the guests we have. I would say the walk out from centre on the school’s departure day, the opportunity I get to talk to my group and have them tell me how happy they are at everything they have achieved during their stay.
How did your training prepare you for your first groups?
Training was intense, lots and lots of information being thrown at you left right and centre. There were so many moments when I thought “how am I ever going to remember any of this”. The team of people who trained us were fantastic, we practiced, we watched, we listened and we practiced more. Having the opportunity to then shadow an existing, experienced group leader made everything fall into place. I felt confident to lead my first few groups, always having support and help when required. I loved it.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying?
Do it! If you are unsure, the selection weekend is such a brilliant opportunity to get any doubts or questions answered (honestly). There is always so much help and advice from everyone. All the staff are always happy snow, rain or sunshine, that’s enough for anyone to press the apply button!
Do it! If you are unsure, the selection weekend is such a brilliant opportunity.