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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TENANCIES AND RENTS

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…

PIGS

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…

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…

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 an agricultural solicitor?

The law has always attracted bright, ambitious young people, but specialising in agriculture can make for a fascinating, fulfilling career. Thirty-one-year-old Charlotte Razay, a solicitor with Michelmores’ agriculture team, advises…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to run a farm shop?

Retail is exciting and fast-changing and, for people with a passion for quality, local food and strong interpersonal skills, it can be hugely satisfying. Emma Evans, 49, of Denstone Hall…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a land agent?

If you’re a people person with great organisational skills then a career as a land agent could be ideal for you.  Land agents are responsible for the negotiation and acquisition…

JOB PROFILES

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 PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a Red Tractor assessor?

Maybe it’s not exactly a red-letter day, but the annual Red Tractor audit is a very important one if you have signed up to the farm and food standards scheme. Few farmers relish preparing for the on-farm…

JOB PROFILES

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

If you like the idea of working with animals in a role with plenty of responsibility, a job as a herdsperson could be perfect for you. They are responsible for…

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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…

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