When I applied for the position of Centre Assistant at Plas y Brenin, I only had a few years worth of climbing and mountaineering experience with my friends, and no outdoor qualifications. I had never worked in an outdoor centre before but I wanted to try and start a new career as an instructor, and also learn more skills to be able to progress personally. I had always been very enthusiastic about the outdoors, and the mountains especially, and I saw this as an opportunity to take a step forward.
Since I've been here, and it's only been three and a half months, I have already learnt much more than I ever had before. I've had the chance to work alongside some of the most qualified outdoor instructors in the UK, and I've completed some trainings such as Mountain Leader, Single Pitch Award and Climbing Wall Award, plus I'm learning how to paddle!
Being a Centre Assistant can be quite challenging at times, but what I've been able to get out of this opportunity so far is incomparable. It's definitely the right path for somebody who wants to start a career in the outdoors, and even though it might only be the very start of it, I'm sure it'll have the potentials to take me a long way!
I have no idea where I'm going to be in a year's time, it's way too early for it. What I know though is that every day I spend at Plas y Brenin I am more convinced that this was the right choice for me, and that I will continue along this road for many years to come.