It’s a well known fact that here, at Farmer Palmer’s we are one of the few companies who recruit people from the age of 13 to carry out certain roles within the farm park. In fact, in 2018, 39% of our workforce was made up of 13-16 year olds.
As a company we believe it’s important to prepare the next generation for the world of work . . . because let’s face it, it’s tough.
We also believe reward for a hard day’s work is an important lesson that should be learned early in life.
There’s also something quite special about your first job. How your first employer treats you can impact your attitude towards work and your willingness to try.
That’s why it’s so important for your first job to be for an employer that values you and invests in your development. Rather than just works you to the bone for very little.
Blog Update: 27.11.18 Farmer Palmer’s has just WON the Dorset Tourism GOLD Award by Dougie, our Customer Service Superstar! AND Venus Award for Employer of the Year! Do you want to work for an Award Winning employer? Find the link to our latest job vacancies at the end of this blog post.
The Benefits of getting your First Job
By giving young people, like you, a role and responsibility; we are helping you to figure out what you’re good at. You’ll learn what you enjoy and what you can offer the working world when you start work following your education.
You will identify your strengths and any areas where you may need further development. All of which will help you further down the line. When you are applying to UCAS for a University placement or that first full time job.
From the moment a young person applies for a position with us, at Farmer Palmer’s, they are learning how to sell themselves by making their application stand out from the rest.
Your application form determines whether you are invited for an interview, so make it count. Spend time telling your potential employers why you’d be such a great member of the team.
Always make sure someone else checks your application over for you, take extra care to check for spelling mistakes! Remember first impressions count! Your future employer may not have met you yet so their only impression of you, at this stage, is from the details on your form. Don’t forget to include hobbies, volunteering, groups/organisations you belong to and any other achievements to really make your application shine!
The most daunting part of the recruitment process for anyone, is the interview stage, but these do get easier the more you do them. It sounds obvious to say it, but it is all down to how you prepare beforehand.
Imagine standing up in front of an interview panel, and other applicants, and delivering an inspiring speech about a subject you’re passionate about.
First Job Interview – Top Tips for Success
To help anyone thinking of applying for a job, here are some Top Tips to help you:
Always research the company you have applied to, find out as much as you can about them. You can then use all your knowledge during the interview to show the interviewer how keen you are to work there.
If you haven’t been told in the letter or email, always find out what format the interview will take. It could be one-to-one, a panel interview, a group assessment or a presentation. Knowing will help you prepare, the majority of companies will tell you in advance, but always one to be aware of.
Research and practice the questions which could come up during interview, there are plenty of examples and templates online now to support you so try a Google search.
Make sure you are early for the interview and leave nothing to chance. How are you getting there? Plan your route, allowing for roadworks, unexpected delays and traffic depending on the time of day. What are you going to wear?
Try and stay calm throughout. Nerves are good, it means it’s important to you but if you feel they’re getting away from you, then communicate that this is your first interview. Maintaining eye contact is really important.
Smile and stay positive and enthusiastic throughout. Actively listen to the interviewer and their questions.
Always have a list of questions to ask at the end of the interview. It’s important to have a few as some may get covered during the interview. Having a question shows you are interested in the company and the role.
Follow up with them and always get feedback on your interview, whether you were successful or not. It is particularly important if you haven’t got the job, as this will help you get the next one. It’s never easy to hear, but how else are you going to improve and prepare for your next interview? If you don’t ask you will never know, and you will carry on making the same mistakes.
We live locally to Farmer Palmers and have annual passes for our whole family. We’ve been visiting the farm for 6 years now (so I have lots of good things to say!) My younger daughter age 19 months loves it and so does her 6 year old sister! (My eldest also loved it as a toddler!)
It’s a farm, with all the usual farm animals you’d expect to see and more.
The indoor play area is done very well and my youngest and eldest daughter love it in there, soft play is also great for both ages.
Bouncy castles are kept clean and well maintained (let’s remember there’s a daily influx of small children who’ve spent the day running free range on a FARM so of course it’s got signs of being used!).
My daughters love it here, you have an array of activities to choose from woodland walks, soft play & bouncy castles. Guinea pig holding is a hit (happy well looked after Guinea pigs not cramped up in a pet shop. We were so happy with the standards of care we got our own guinea pigs from here!). Goat and lamb feeding (yes on busy days you don’t get a huge amount of time yet I haven’t heard a grumble from a single child). Not mention water sprinklers, Go carts which are suitable for both adults and small children, lovely picnic area and playground, seasonal pony rides and real milking demonstration (my eldest loves it!). There is decent home cooked food served in the cafe. Also a tractor ride available for a couple of £ you can even feed deer.
We’ve had several birthday parties here (so have my nephews and nieces age up to age 12!) and everyone loves it.
Considering the price of most family days out, I think Farmer Palmers is actually very good value for money, it’s a far cry from a theme park (thank goodness!) and I love spending time with my kids here throughout the year be it rain of shine!
Will be renewing our annual pass for the 3rd year this summer!
Thanks for endless entertainment!
W Beth 2019
Not a theme park a wonderful family farm
"Good place for the family lots to see and do. Clean and staff helpful. Could spend a day there with the kids and have a great time. Would recommend to everyone."
"An absolutely lovely farm, with the most perfect helpful, knowledgeable staff. We had an amazing day."
Allergy Awareness "We come and visit you every week and I was so pleased to see the "no food" notice up in the soft play areas. My son is anaphylaxis to dairy and peanuts. Thank you for raising awareness and helping my son to not be at risk!"
"The imagination and creativity with the play areas is just perfect. Today we fed the lambs and it was such a special moment, I've always wanted to do it and loved it!"
"The passes are fantastic value for money and whenever we come to Farmer Palmer's my children never want to leave. Staff are always very friendly and helpful."
Annual Pass Holder
"Even when it's pouring down, FP is a great place to come. Plenty to do under shelter and who doesn't love to put their wellies on and splash in muddy puddles! And for the mums and dads, the cake is amazing :)"
Sarah says "Food in the restaurant was lovely and the staff were friendly"
"A rare treat, a full day out and change!"
Value for money!
"We keep coming back with our grandchildren"
"We are big fans!! My little boy wakes up most mornings asking if he can go to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park!!"
"It was amazing. From organisation to the staff,
who were fantastic, we were very pleased"
Team Farmer Palmer Fan
"Great family day out. Highly recommended!"
Holiday visitor to Dorset
"I can't recommend this wonderful place enough. It's an amazing little piece of paradise in Dorset."
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