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Careers in Agriculture:

For the last 10 years you have been focussed on qualifications.  Once you have your higher qualifications they will open the career door for you but ultimately who you are as a person will affect whether you can pass through the door into a career e.g. Enthusiasm, energy, willingness, adaptability, potential to grow, relationship skills, relevant practical experience, and initiative are the qualities that will differentiate you from others with similar qualifications and which potential employers will be seeking.  

There is a huge range of exciting agricultural careers available to you that you may not have considered and which do not necessarily involve working on a farm:

Careers in business as opposed to practical farming careers often offer:

  • Greater choice of job
  • Greater opportunity to reach your potential
  • Greater financial rewards

The commercial sectors potentially available in Agriculture and related sectors are:

Animal Feeds
Animal Health
Fertiliser
Seed
Agro-Chemicals
Machinery and equipment
Construction
Meat
Milk
Cereals
Potatoes
Fresh Produce
Fruit
Environment
Energy

Careers in these sectors may involve working directly with farmers or with other business professionals. The type of roles will extend from buying, sales, business development, marketing, technical support, R&D, new product development, quality assurance, operations, logistics, planning, team management to business management.

Should I Consider a Sales Role?

Sales in Agriculture are very different to any other types of sales…Why?

Earth Trust - Farm Step Project

However, if practical farming is the career path for you but you do not come from a farm and unsure where to start. Check out the Farm Step Project from Earth Trust as this could be the solution you are looking for.

 

Links Of Interest:

http://www.lantra.co.uk/Industries/Agriculture.aspx

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=5564978628602634244&gid=84954&type=member&item=89668468&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eharper-adams%2Eac%2Euk%2Fnews%2F201552%2Fsurge-in-uk-students-choosing-agriculture&urlhash=_rEZ&goback=%2Egde_84954_member_89487777%2Egde_84954_member_89668468