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When I was at college I set myself the following goals; pass my course, learn to drive, learn to ski and get a job.

By the following August my list was nearly completed; qualifications – check, passed my driving test – check, got a job – check. Last on list was learn to ski – French Alps here I come!

My job was working as a Childcare Assistant for Ski-Espirit in a resort called Meribel in France. I joined the rest of the team in England and we travelled to our resort by coach. Week one was training and cleaning. When the guests arrived my job was to look after babies and toddlers in the nursery while their parents went ski-ing. Sometimes I was asked to be a Snow Ranger and take children to and from their ski lessons. At the end of the day we had to help all the children with their dinner and we had to take it in turns to do baby listening while their parents enjoyed their dinner in peace.

On my days off I learned to ski. One of the perks of our jobs was free equipment and free ski passes. Some of my housemates were ski instructors so I had the best of tuition. I loved this experience – the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful and we all had loads of fun. The night life was great and we had some memorable parties. There were a few downsides – sharing a chalet with lots of people and never having any privacy.  We worked long hours for low pay and we could not go home until the end of the season.

It was a great experience and I’m glad I did it as I made some really good friends, had lots of fun, experienced living in France and of course learned to ski! It has been great to have this on my CV and it has helped me get subsequent jobs in childcare. I learned about team working, communicating, what delivering a quality service means and reliability and timekeeping. It was the first time I had been away from home and it was good to be looked after by my employer and my team mates.

I would recommend this to other people. Some of my friends continue to go back each season so that in itself is a recommendation. After another year working in Australia – I have returned to Scotland and work as a nanny.