Career Lowdowns For Lockdown

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Each week the HEPA team will be putting together career planning tips under various themes. These will be available on our Twitter account (@HeppSYplus) under the hashtag “#CareerLowdownsForLockdown”.

This week the theme ties in with National Gardening Week.

Gardening can still be done under lockdown and April is when the growing season really starts to get going. Birdsong, spring blossom and sunshine lift the heart. There are seeds to sow and seedlings to plant out. So whether you have a lush lawn with herbaceous borders or just a window ledge plant box, now is the time to get those green fingers grubby.

As for careers relating to gardening, there are plenty of opportunities in this particular ‘field’ (pardon the pun). Whether you’re a natural socialiser or an introvert, a creative type or a science geek, you’ll find a career you love. To succeed in any landscape job, you’ll need to be motivated by making the world a better place – for people and the environment.

Useful Websites:

Choose landscape is a website for careers related to environment and landscape design jobs.

The Arboricultural Association – provides membership for all those employed within the sector; championing the sustainable management of trees in places where people live work and play – for the benefit of society. They have training, technical advice and online ‘help for arborists’ resources.

The Royal Forestry Society – An educational charity inspiring passion and excellence in woodland management.

Garden organic – Leading the movement for an organic and sustainable future.

Our other upcoming themes will include:

   4th May – May the fourth be with you – Careers of the Future. No one can predict all the jobs young people will be able to choose from in the second half of the 21st century but here we will be looking at just a few that are likely to be in demand over the next 15 years.


   11th May -Highlighting Key Worker Careers- Key or essential workers are the people who are keeping the country running while the rest of us are sitting tight at home. So who are the heroes we clap each week and what jobs are they doing?


   18th May– Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness. We will be flagging up activities and ways you can get involved with the Mental Health Foundation to promote healthy mental wellbeing. We will also be sharing insights into the many reasons why you should consider a career in this area. It offers you the chance to make a difference, a high degree of flexibility and a career with excellent employment prospects.


Please join us on Twitter for fun facts, videos and quizzes related to each theme!