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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7 tips for new entrants from a first-time poultry tenant

At 18, Tim Clarke set a target to one day farm in his own right – an ambitious goal for someone with no background in farming and no assets to…


How share-milking can provide a route into dairy farming

Gregor and Lynne Ramsay credit share-milking with allowing them to get a foot firmly in the dairying door. Born and raised in the small rural village of Biggar, Lanarkshire, Mr…


How a young dairy farmer began contract farming

Dairy farmer Jimmy Pritt believes contract farming is a good option to consider for those looking to manage a dairy business or expand an existing one. He says not only…


How these young farmers got their farming jobs

Farming can be a difficult industry for young farmers to get their foot on the ladder but perseverance can pay off. We find out how four young farmers found their…


One year on: Britain’s youngest council farm tenant

Britain’s youngest council farm tenant has survived a difficult first year by working hard, utilising his local community, remaining flexible and taking up diversification opportunities. Joe Rabicano was just 18…


How staff training is benefiting performance on pig unit

A varied, extensive training programme has helped maintain and improve employee knowledge at one of the largest family-run pig genetics businesses, Rattlerow Farms. The programme has also improved staff motivation…

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Getting into dairy farming: Options for new entrants

Buying land for £13,000/acre (£32,000/ha) or renting at more than £250/acre (£6,100/ha) in dairying areas is extremely challenging for a young business without much equity.  However, if you are young,…


What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…


5 tips for new entrants from award-winning mixed farmer

Starting a new farming business can be a huge challenge, with many people finding it a struggle to step into the agricultural world. But with careful planning, budgeting and a…


Advice to help progress your farming career

Whether you have been brought up within farming or are new to the industry altogether, it is worth taking time to carefully plan the next step of your agricultural career.…


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…


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…


Farming careers: Manager at an agro-chemical company

Louise Hemingway is at the top of her game, as head of development and regulatory affairs at Bayer. She knows what she wants to see in new entrants to the…


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…


What's it like to work in agricultural sales?

Does anyone grow up dreaming of becoming a salesperson? In truth, probably not. But there are those who would argue it is time to give agricultural sales jobs an image…


Job profile: What’s it like to be a food scientist?

The journey of food from farm to fork can be a complex one – even seemingly simple products need to be processed and packaged before they can appear on a…


Job profile: Working for an animal feed producer

The agricultural sector doesn't just offer jobs on the farm, there are many roles all along the supply and input chain. If you don't hold a specific qualification in this…


Job profile: What's it like to be a pig unit manager?

If you want a hands-on job working with animals, then you might consider working in the pig sector. There are many career opportunities in this sector, which has been at…

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Farm apprenticeships: Everything you need to know

Apprenticeships are mutually beneficial arrangements between an employer and an employee that allow practical skills to be built up alongside an educational programme. Employers enjoy being able to mould young…


Study reveals what a farm manager is worth

The average farm manager earns £49,523 including any bonuses and profit share payments. In addition to this, they receive an estimated £8,368 in non-cash benefits such as housing, vehicle use…

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