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From Park to Central Support: Why Changing Career Paths Can Be the Perfect Move

Posting date: 13/06/2023
With over 250 different careers of all shapes and sizes to choose from here at Parkdean Resorts, it comes as no surprise that many members of the team have enjoyed changing roles throughout their career with us. We pride ourselves on giving people the freedom to progress and develop internally in the way that they choose, and sometimes that means changing roles, changing departments, changing parks, or even moving from park to our Central Support office and vice versa!

Creating opportunities for people to move around and take on new and exciting challenges is important to us as it enables teammates to continue to learn and develop their skills – something that we’re definitely down with. By taking advantage of internal opportunities opening up within Parkdean Resorts, you can take the next step in your career, build new skills, and feel more fulfilled, all without leaving a place you already like!

Take Clare Williamson, former General Manager and current Talent Development Coordinator at our Central Support office in Gosforth, as a fantastic example. Clare joined the Parkdean Resorts family back in 2014 as a seasonal receptionist at Whitley Bay. Over the course of the next 9 years Clare’s gone on to work as Owner and Guest Experience Manager and Deputy General Manager at Southerness, and General Manager at both Sunnydale and Cresswell Holiday Parks.

In January of this year, Clare decided to take on another new challenge when she made the move from park to Central Support, where she’s now enjoying her role as Talent Development Coordinator as part of the Learning and Development team.

We sat down for a cuppa with Clare to find out what motivated her move and what she loves about her new role…

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"I discovered a love for training and developing my team"

When I first joined Parkdean Resorts back in 2014 I wasn’t originally looking for a long-term career, but I fell in love with the industry and over the years enjoyed numerous opportunities to progress and develop. Throughout my time here in my park-based roles, I discovered a love for training and developing my team and the enjoyment I got out of supporting them so that they could reach their full potential. I realised it was something I’d like to focus on. That coupled with a more structured work week that supports my current lifestyle were the reasons I made the move into Central Support.  

"I believe my new role equips our people with the skills needed to provide amazing experiences"

In my new role I help to make sure all park teams have all the learning materials they need for inducting new managers to the business. I help to put together the induction materials, I organise buddy parks for new starters to visit, and ensure people have the best experience possible in their first 4 weeks of employment with us. I also support the Holiday Home Sales function with the evaluation of any training and assessments that the team do and deliver the central inductions for our central team members.  This month I delivered the first newly vamped up and improved central induction which was great!

"I love to throw myself into a new challenge"

I love what Parkdean Resorts do and are trying to do. We’re all about bringing holiday happy to our guests and owners and it’s a pleasure to work in this field. I loved visiting holiday parks across the UK when I was a little girl, so to be a part of that same experience is amazing and I believe my role equips our people with the skills needed to provide amazing experiences to our customers.  The variety of roles available at Parkdean Resorts is eye opening - you always have the opportunity to throw yourself into a new challenge and that is what I love doing.


Whether you’re looking for a new role on one of our 66 parks across the UK, or in our Central Support office based in Newcastle, we'll have the perfect role for you... and if you fancy taking up something different down the line? Well, that works too!

So if you’re ready to join the Parkdean Resorts family, check out our jobs and apply to join us.


Jodie Smith our consultant managing the role
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