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Not from a farming background? 8 ways to start your ag career

Many assume that if you don’t derive from a farming family, the prospects of getting a job within in the industry are non-existent. Here we have ten top tips on what to do if you want to carve out a farming career from scratch.


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8 ways to get in to farming if you're not from a farming background

Everybody’s journey is different, and starting your career off in farming is personal to the individual, whether you’re from a farming background or not.

 

If you feel as though you’re from outside the industry and wish to get in to agriculture, here are ten top tips to hopefully help you on your way.


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Variety

 

Think about it: Farming is such a varied industry. You could be anything from an agricultural journalist to a scientist so maybe it is worth doing your research to find something that appeals to you.

Go for it

 

Contrary to point number one above, you may want to test the waters in multiple sectors. If this is the case, approach different farms to see if they will allow you to spend time working with them and find where you fit in.

Study

 

You could take the academic route. Speak to colleges and universities to see what kind of course will suit you best.

Social media

 

Today you could post something on social media and within minutes be inundated with responses.

 

You could ask for advice, tips, job and voluntary opportunities on Twitter for example, and see what comes from it.

FG Jobs

 

Farmers Guardian have recently launched our job site, brimming with jobs from across the country. You may just find what you're looking for. Click here to find out more.

Travel

 

Many young farmers stating out on their agricultural adventure choose to fly off around the world in order to gain global farming experience. Some bring new and innovative technology back home with them, some end up staying.

 

Apprenticeships

If studying isn't your thing, you could always opt for an apprenticeship. This way you get a feel for the job and learn practically too.

Schemes

 

There are lots of schemes out there that can help you start out in farming. The links below are to some amazing schemes that will provide you with the necessary support and information you need.

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