CAREER OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER: AGRICULTURE

JOBS IN AGRICULTURE

Farmers

Own and operate farms. Depending on the type of farm they run, responsibilities may include planting crops, caring for livestock and operating machinery.

Farm workers

Responsible for practical and manual work on a farm. This may include working with animals, ploughing fields and harvesting.

Ecologists

Study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They may carry out environmental impact assessments or produce lists of species that need to be protected.

Tree surgeons

Carry out work on trees, including planting, care and maintenance. Also known as arborists, they need a head for heights!

Farm managers

Responsible for managing staff, planning production  and marketing and selling produce. They may run their own business or be employed by owners or tenants to run a farm.

Just to name a few...

 

IS A JOB IN AGRICULTURE RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you care passionately about the environment, love working with plants or animals or just can’t get enough of the great outdoors, then this is the industry for you.

The wide range of roles and skill levels means there are career paths for graduates as well as people who want to get stuck into a job straight from school. And there are plenty of opportunities for self-employment in this industry, so it’s ideal for those who fancy being their own boss one day.

Many careers in agriculture and the environment involve at least some outdoor work and some people in this industry will spend most of their working day outside, whatever the weather. Hours can be long and may vary depending on the season, and for some jobs you will need to be physically fit too. 

 

AGRICULTURE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Vocational

Options include florists, recycling officers and operatives, farm workers,  gardeners and tree surgeons. A-levels that may come in useful to find work or get a place on a relevant course include biology, botany and environmental studies. For BTECs you might want to look at horticulture, environmental sciences or animal management.

Specialist colleges offer a range of courses in areas such as animal care, trees and timber, game and wildlife management, and land-based engineering. The Landex website has a list of land-based colleges and universities in the UK

  • Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are another way into working in agriculture and the environment. For instance the Forestry Commission runs a range of different apprenticeship programmes for people interested in countryside management. Many of the National Parks also offer apprenticeships. And Sainsbury’s runs a horticulture and agriculture apprenticeship scheme.

Check out gov.uk for a full list of agricultural apprenticeships, and you can learn more about environmental apprenticeships with our guide.

  • Graduate

Careers such as botanists and landscape architects will all need a relevant degree such as ecology, conservation biology, plant science or landscape architecture. They may also be expected to work towards a post-graduate qualification. In other roles, such as farm manager or environmental manager, a degree – in agriculture or environmental engineering for example – will give you a head start.

  • Extra credit

Experience can be just as important as qualifications in this line of work, so volunteer as much as you can. Organisations like the National Trust and The Woodland Trust have loads of opportunities for people who want to learn new skills.

There are lots of opportunities to develop your skills on the job. Agricultural colleges and professional bodies like the National Farmers Union and the Institute of Agricultural Management often run short courses, workshops and seminars focused on professional development. In certain jobs, such as an agriculture engineer or landscape architect, you could work towards chartered status.

 

FARM WORKER

What they do…
one of the main jobs in agriculture is a farm worker. They’re responsible for the practical and manual work on a farm, whether it’s ploughing fields, harvesting or working with animals. Day-to-day tasks will vary depending on the type of farm and time of year, but could include caring for newborn animals, milking cows, cleaning buildings and machinery, putting up fences.

Skills needed…
Farm workers are hard-working and can adapt to different situations. They have strong practical skills. You can train as a farm worker by doing an intermediate apprenticeship.

 

SOIL SCIENTIST

What they do…
Soil scientists gather and interpret data about the make-up of soil. They analyse information about the soil’s biology in order to give advice about agricultural production.

Skills needed…
Soil scientists need a problem-solving approach, report-writing skills and the ability to work alone as well as in a team.

 

AGRICULTURAL INSPECTOR

What they do…
This is one of the key agriculture jobs. Agricultural inspectors make sure the food we eat is safe by checking that health and safety rules are being followed on farms, dairies and other agricultural working environments. They also check on animal welfare.

Skills needed…
The skills you’ll need include problem-solving abilities, IT skills, and great communication skills including the ability to explain things clearly and in a tactful, diplomatic way

 

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EXCEPTIONAL GCSE EXAMINATION RESULT SUCCESS

DSC 0821Magherafelt High School today celebrated exceptional levels of GCSE success with its Year 12 pupils when they received their results. Mr Stephen Elder, principal, commented that the results this year were without doubt the best set of GCSE outcomes in the school’s history and were a testament to the hard work of the pupils involved and the support of their parents in encouraging their children and working with the school in bring about the excellent whole school and personal levels of achievement recorded today.

YEAR 11 GCSE MODULE RESULTS

Year 11 GCSE Module Results will be available for collection from 9am to 11am on Friday, 24 August 2018 at the school Reception Desk.

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THE CAREERS SERVICE – SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND PARENTS AT RESULTS TIME

AS / A Levels results - Thursday 16 August 2018

GCSE results on Thursday 23 August 2018

Once you receive your results you may have important decisions to make, and the Careers Service is here to guide and advise you.

Contacting a Careers Adviser

The Careers Service has a team of professionally qualified careers advisers who offer impartial careers information, advice and guidance to people of all ages. You can:

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