Know How / Careers and personal development

From getting your first job in agriculture to maintaining your work skills and developing your career, we provide advice and insights. Find out what courses, qualifications and experience can help you get your foot on the ladder and how to make your CV attractive to future employers.

Hear from others working in agriculture to discover the range of different careers and find the one that’s right for you.

Key areas of focus:

  • Guidance on qualifications and careers in agriculture
  • Applying for jobs
  • CV writing and interview tips
  • Job profiles
  • Skills development

Find your perfect career in agriculture on the Farmers Weekly jobs website.

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Is this farming's most unusual new entrant?

Philosophy graduate Sam Robinson, who was raised in Oxford, would seem a pretty unlikely new entrant to farming.  But with no industry knowledge or background, the 27-year-old moved to the…

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Two first-time young farmers one year on

The first year of farming brings with it a huge learning curve and a number of challenges, but the feeling of achievement is unparalleled. Two farmers share how they have…

ARABLE

How a new entrant became an arable manager

David McLaughlan hasn’t taken the traditional route on his way to a management role at Bartlow Estate in Cambridgeshire, as he has no farming background or formal qualification in agriculture.…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How new entrants raised pig conception and weaning weights

Simple tips learned through a training course have enabled one pig farming couple to boost sow conception rates, raise weaning weights and cut finishing times by 10 days a pig.…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

4 ways into a successful farming career

When it comes to studying there are numerous ways to prepare yourself for a successful career in farming. We talk to four young people who have taken four very different…

FARMLIFE

How and why ag students should start their own business

With fresh thinking and bags of energy to back them up, young people can make amazing entrepreneurs. Taking on the extra work of starting up a new business may seem…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Expert tips on making the most of your ag course

You want to make the most of your time at college or uni, right? Farmers Weekly asks five leading academics for a few pointers on what to do – and…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tips for agriculture students on securing financial help

So you’ve decided what you are going to study and where – next comes the question of how you are going to pay for it. While students can get loans…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How to create an alluring covering letter

The aim of a covering letter is to encourage potential employers to read your CV. While a CV sets out your skills and experience, the covering letter gives you the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How experience outside farming improves your ag career

Gaining experience in a non-agricultural profession often gives returning farmers a new outlook and makes them more innovative and open to new ideas. That’s according to Claire Wright, rural surveyor…

FARMLIFE

12 attributes to show employers at farming job interviews

Applying for jobs? Everyone knows that qualifications and real-world experience are important, but don't forget that would-be employers will be just as interested in your personality. Here we identify 12…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Do's and don'ts for developing a CV

Your CV can be your first point of contact with potential employers, so making an impression is important. Whether you are applying for a relief worker role or a more…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to work for a technology start-up?

As the farming industry gets ever more technical, there is a need to encourage computer science graduates into this exciting, fast-paced and rapidly growing industry. Farmers are increasingly looking for…

JOB PROFILES

A day in the life of a combine mechanic

We all need someone to get us out of a pickle now and then and if you're an arable farmer with a combine that's just expired? It's the uplifting sight…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a field trials manager?

Agricultural trials play a crucial role in testing a huge range of farm inputs or practices, including seeds, fertilisers and pesticides. These products or practices need to be tested in…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What it's like to be a dairy extension officer

There are a wide range of job opportunities in the food and farming sector. Farmers Weekly asks what it is like to be a dairy extension officer. Name Becky Miles          …

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to be a calf specialist?

If you're great with people, enjoy getting stuck in to solving problems and have a good working knowledge of farming then a job working as a calf specialist could be…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What it's like to be an agronomist

There's strong demand for agronomists to guide farmers on their crop management decisions. But what does the job involve? Name Rob Daniel Job title Agronomist Company Agrii Age 26 Sum…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

14 ways to make a good first impression with an ag employer

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Farmers Weekly asks two top recruitment experts, James Trett and Stuart Goodinson, for their tips on how to wow…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Farm manager salaries stagnate but benefits rise

Farm managers earned an average of £52,268 in 2017, just £30 more than two years earlier. This was made up of a £48,760 gross salary plus an average £3,508 bonus…

BUSINESS

What's new in the world of land-based college courses?

Educational opportunities in the land-based sector are constantly developing, to reflect the changing needs of employers and the rapid growth of technology. Farmers Weekly highlights some of the newer courses…

FARMLIFE

The A to Z of careers in agriculture

Looking to get into agriculture, but not sure where to start? Our careers A to Z is here to give you a flavour of what a varied and dynamic sector…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

8 great reasons to get a job in the agricultural sector

Ever wonder if you’re making the right career choice? It’s a natural thing to do but, fear not, working in agriculture is probably the best decision you could ever make. …

FERTILE MINDS

Fertile Minds 2016: Insights and innovation

Great insights and inspiration abounded when young farmers gathered in Cumbria for the Fertile Minds conference, run by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual. The delegates heard from  a…

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