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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How new entrants set up an organic duck egg business

Ditching the city life for the Welsh countryside in 2015, Josh and Abi Heyneke moved to the 4ha Parc Carreg Farm, Carmarthenshire, with the goal of becoming full-time farmers.  But…


Becoming a trainer provides extra income stream for farmers

The squeeze on farm profits has driven the search for alternative incomes. Farmers becoming training instructors is one option that can help provide extra income. A dire safety record for…


How a council tenancy got a new entrant onto farming ladder

Greenfields Farm may only be 12ha but it has given Aled Harper a foothold in farming and a hunger to grow his business. In the three years since he was…


7 tips for new entrants from a first-time poultry tenant

At 18, Tim Clarke set a target to one day farm in his own right – an ambitious goal for someone with no background in farming and no assets to…


How share-milking can provide a route into dairy farming

Gregor and Lynne Ramsay credit share-milking with allowing them to get a foot firmly in the dairying door. Born and raised in the small rural village of Biggar, Lanarkshire, Mr…


How a young dairy farmer began contract farming

Dairy farmer Jimmy Pritt believes contract farming is a good option to consider for those looking to manage a dairy business or expand an existing one. He says not only…

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Is an agricultural degree worth doing?

Over the past three years, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown a gradual climb in the number of students enrolling to study land-based and agricultural degrees. In…


10 top tips for aspiring sheep farmers

Investing £16,000 in ewes and the basics to farm sheep gave 2021 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year Tim White a route into farming when he was made redundant…


How farmers can bust 4 common myths about working in ag

The post-Brexit era and the impact of Covid-19 have had many people across the country questioning careers and work-life balance. Some have chosen to continue to work from home, turning…


Getting into dairy farming: Options for new entrants

Buying land for £13,000/acre (£32,000/ha) or renting at more than £250/acre (£6,100/ha) in dairying areas is extremely challenging for a young business without much equity.  However, if you are young,…


What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…


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…


Farming careers: Working as an ag business change officer

Agricultural careers are not just about driving tractors or tending to livestock but include a variety of professional roles. We talk to the business change officer at Farmcare about what…


Job profile: What's it like to be a renewable energy expert?

Although government subsidies for renewables have fallen, many say the sector is facing a buoyant future. A rural practice surveying career can offer the chance to combine work in this…


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 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 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 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…

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Why student vets are not going into the industry

Farmers and vets are being called on to be more inclusive and provide positive experiences during placements for student vets to increase the number of farm vets. It follows a…


Farming careers: From dairy herd manager to joint venture

Matt Hill, 33, has progressed from working as a unit manager on a dairy farm to being part of a joint venture milking 280 cows on a 255ha estate in…


Farming careers: Working as a sprayer operator

Stuart Goddard, 33, is the sprayer and combine operator and assistant manager at a 1,821ha joint venture business called Gilston Crop Management in Hertfordshire. The business grows wheat, barley, oilseed…

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