Are you looking for a career in agriculture?

By Lorna Willox

You’ve likely seen many headlines and heard opinions about how the pandemic will affect graduates’ chances of getting a job. After all, the consequences of two lockdowns have undoubtedly been severe for the job market. 

Seeing stories likes these, it can be easy to be disheartened about your own job hunt. However, it’s important to remember that many of these headlines and job hunt myths may not be relevant to every sector and your individual circumstances. The job market will likely be tough over the next few years, but there’s reason for graduates to be hopeful.

Let’s look at the agriculture sector

Despite the difficulties this year, overall prospects for graduates in agriculture and food are still positive. While the cogs continue to turn, there is great opportunity for new entrants to put their stamp on the industry.

And what an exciting time to join the industry. We’re going to see countless change over the next 5 years, providing even greater possibility to evolve and a larger set of roles to embrace.

So, how do you go about getting a graduate role in agriculture? With so many options available, it’s difficult to know where to start. We’ve outlined some top tips to help guide you on this journey and to give you the tool you need to stand out from the crowd.

Don’t stop learning

Learning doesn’t stop when you get your degree, new skills are needed all the time. The development of online research skills and the ability to work remotely are just a couple of examples of how we demonstrate our pioneering value. There is no doubt that these have become vital as we adapt to a new way of working.

Experience is essential

Not only does it look great on your CV, gaining work experience and travelling is a great way of discovering what you enjoy and what you don’t. It’s very important to do something you’re interested in, not what you feel pressurised into doing by others. 

Well-designed management trainee schemes can also help you to find out what will suit best.

Take time on your application

Speaking of CVs… make sure you don’t rush it. Developing a bespoke CV and letter of application can make the difference between a standout application and one that falls into the background. Show that you really want the job and you understand as much as you can about it.

Think about your social media presence

Develop a social media profile so you’re able to follow companies and people that interest you. Not only will this keep you updated with industry changes, but it also helps you to build your network. But be careful what you post – having no profile is better than having an inappropriate one.

Build connections

Forming relationships with like-minded people in the industry and creating a presence can take you far. You never know what opportunities may arise if you get in touch with a connection, or vice versa.

It may also be worth thinking about finding a mentor to help you. Whether inside or outside work, you can’t overestimate the value of having a good support network.

Don’t come from an agriculture background? Don’t worry

It’s very important to remember that if your passionate enough, proactive and hard-working then you can bring value to any open-minded agriculture business.

Considering a role in agriculture?

We’re still looking for candidates for the 2021 intake of the Genus ABS Future Leaders Graduate Scheme. The 18-month programme has been designed to provide a challenging and accelerated learning journey, where you’ll be making key decisions and given a real responsibility from the start.

You will complete three separate rotational placements across various sectors of the Genus and Promar business, plus you’ll be mentored by some of our most successful business leaders along the way.

For more information and details on how to apply, click here.