Career options

There are so many ways you can find your way into this industry. Whether you like studying or prefer to be more hands on there is a route for you. If you're not sure exactly what you want to do, studying science subjects will provide you with a strong foundation, but many different subject areas can offer a route into agriculture. 

Our career map below shows the different options you can take. 

Exploring the map

Think about the questions below to help guide you through the map:

  • Do you want to keep all options open at this point, but have a keen interest in a particular area e.g. science? Yes - Then it may be best to look at further education qualifications that may be useful in the industry at a later stage, such as degrees and diplomas.

  • Have any of the skills areas you’ve read about interested you already, e.g. engineering? Yes - Then the technical academies route might be right for you.

  • Do you already know what sort of role you want to do? Yes - Then perhaps a more targeted approach is for you, such as vocational courses and diplomas.

  • Do you want to learn and earn? Yes - Then try apprenticeships or finding work that has the scope to let you develop further, such as in-house company work schemes.

  • Do you already know what farming and food sector you want to work in? Yes - Then research specialist courses at land based colleges, universities and vocational options through Lantra and Landex (see Useful Links).

  • No idea at all where your interests lie? Use the tips above to explore the industry further and don’t worry; unless you’re after a particularly technical role, no subject choice is the wrong one!

Taking the next step

Don't be afraid to go looking for more information about the career you are interested in. Taking one or more of these steps will really help you to think about what you want to do, and ultimately to land that job.

  • Contact employers to ask them about their work and the different roles they offer. Try sending an email to their enquiries address and asking who would be the best person to speak to.
  • Arrange work experience with an organisation. It doesn't matter if you can't find a placement with the exact employer you're interested in, or in the exact role. Sometimes finding out what you don't want to do is as valuable as finding out what you do want!
  • Volunteer for a related cause - you will learn new skills, meet new people and have something great to put on your applications. Find opportunities by contacting your local Volunteer Centre or using website like vInspired
  • Visit a farm - if you don't know much about farming, or have never been on a farm, try asking a farmer if they can show you around or visit a local farm on Open Farm Sunday
  • Keep up to date with agricultural news and follow people on Twitter. As a start, try following @FarmersoftheUK for a day-to-day account from different types of farms and tune into #AgriChatUK every Thursday between 8-10pm.

and remember ....

Career paths are rarely in a straight line!  You can come into the farming and food industry at any level and at any stage of your career! 

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