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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FARMLIFE

'How I went from tractor driver to farm manager of 3,000ha'

Beset by more challenges than most as he chased his dream of becoming a farm manager, Michael Balls has refused to give in to hurdles that his severe dyslexia has…

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…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.…

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…

Grow 2019

Farmers Weekly's guide to careers in the agriculture industry

  • The science, technology and engineering skills 21st-century agriculture needs
  • Meet some of the innovative, forward-thinking people working in the industry
  • 10 pages of employer profiles

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JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a sprayer operator?

If you love the sound of being behind the wheel of the latest big kit, have an eye for detail and a passion for precision, then a job working as…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to be a farm vet?

If you love being outdoors and want to help farmers on a daily basis then becoming a farm vet could be a perfect job for you. Farmers Weekly asked farm vet…

ARABLE

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 PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to work in agricultural PR?

If communication is your forte, then keeping farmers and the industry up to date on the latest news about products and services could be an interesting route into agriculture. It…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be an arable farm foreman?

There is always strong demand for skilled farmworkers to work on farms up and down the country. These are roles where you could be given significant responsibility at a relatively…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a technical agronomist?

Digital data is changing agriculture, which means it’s changing the nature of jobs in agriculture. One of the country’s biggest farming companies, Beeswax Dyson Farming, has recently created the new…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The ex-soldiers going into farming

A former intelligence officer and Royal Agricultural University student has launched an project to help ex-military personnel pursue careers in the countryside. Fiona Galbraith, who spent 23 years in the…

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…

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