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…

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…

Practical advice

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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…

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…

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 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…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What it's like to be a farm machinery technician

The range of job opportunities in the food and farming sector is huge. Farmers Weekly talks to a machinery service technician to get an insight into the role. Name Jason…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: 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 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 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 rural planning consultant?

More and more farmers and landowners need to deal with the planning system – whether it’s to expand their agricultural operations or diversify to generate new income streams. Often they…

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Insights

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

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…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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…

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…

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