Is university right for me?
Every year we get an influx of people calling us just after results day. Some students have had a change of heart and are looking for a gap year, and others are re-evaluating after not quite getting the grades. Whatever your results day experience, if you’re asking ‘is university right for me?’ it’s a positive thing to be considering your options. Here we list a few benefits to choosing a new path as a snowboard or ski instructor.
You’ll Get a Shed-Load of Work Experience
University courses are study based, whereas on a ski instructor course you are partnered with a working snow-school. You’ll receive tuition each week, but will also shadow lessons, work one-to-one with professional ski instructors and see the inner workings of the work place. Not only will you come away with an internationally recognised qualification, you’ll have tons of valuable work experience to go along with it.
Winter Sports Company’s Internships are jam packed with work experience. Students get a up to 14 weeks+ of work experience as a level 1 instructor and after completing your course, we do everything we can to put you ahead of the field when applying for jobs.
As a snowboard or ski instructor, the world is your oyster – once qualified you can work in ski resorts all over the globe teaching the sport you love! We work with organisations recognised by the International Ski Instructors Association. By taking a ski instructor course or snowboard instructor course, you are will join an elite organisation such as CSIA, BASI, CASI, NZSIA and SBINZ.
Uni tuition fees in 2019 are £9250 per year, plus the extra loans to cover the cost of living. By the time graduation rolls around the average student is shouldering £50,000 worth of debt. A ski instructor course will cost between £6950 – £10545 for a full season and includes most expenses such as travel, food, accommodation and tuition (that’s less than one year of tuition fees). Once qualified you can start earning straight away as an instructor. There is also an opportunity to get some paid work as a level 1 instructor during the work experience on an ski internship or snowboard internship.
Best Job in the World
Being an instructor is the greatest job there is (although, we might be biased). You get to see the greatest views, ride the most amazing powder and make incredible friends – and get paid to do it! Snow-chasers can spend an everlasting winter between the northern and southern hemispheres, or can work season to season enjoying the best of winter and summer. Becoming a snowboard or ski instructor makes sure you aren’t stuck in a boring 9 to 5 – when the mountains are your office, the world is yours for the taking.
Contact us for more information on internships, courses and more. Participating on an internship or courses will be the best decision you make.