When you’re thinking about which career path you’re going to take, you go through it all. You (reluctantly) think about working in offices, you picture yourself as a great writer, and you imagine that you’re going to open the best beach bar in the world. Let’s be honest, if you’ve decided what your lifelong career is going to be early on in life, then you’re amongst only a handful of other people. Agriculture and farming, however, may be the right sector for you to consider. Why, you ask? Well…
1. You’ll always have a job
OK, so this may not be the first thing that you want to hear. But if you go into the agriculture sector, you’ll never be sitting around unemployed, wondering when you’re next going to get some work. We all need to eat, and we all rely upon agriculture. Because of this, you’ll always be in work, and there is no worry that you’ll never be able to put food on the table at home.
2. You don’t have to be from a farming background
Farming, for some time, has been something that people are just born into. If your family have always been in the industry, then it’s something that you go into, as well. However, agriculture has major labour shortages, and people are always required in farming. In fact, all you really need is a qualification, a bit of experience in agriculture, and a willingness to learn the trade properly.
3. It’s not as expensive as you think
Starting up your own farming business may be something that you think is simply too expensive. However, most land doesn’t cost the earth (sorry) to buy, because of the local government trying to promote farming despite the shortages. You’ll also get access to red diesel, which is untaxed fuel for agricultural equipment like tractors, and other vehicles that are used in commercial settings.
4. You don’t have to sit in an office
Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons that farming is an attractive career choice is that your ‘office’ is one of the most beautiful, relaxing places in the world. You get to live and breathe the countryside, and you never have to sit there looking at four white walls, and a computer. If you prefer the freedom of being outside all of the time, then choose the fields as your place of work.
5. It’s an extremely important job
When you go into agriculture, you know that you’re doing something that is really important for the wellbeing – and survival – of others. If you’re sick of jobs that don’t really serve any purpose, then farming is certainly one of the better options, as without it, people wouldn’t be able to eat. It’s quite a big deal, you know? And it certainly gives you a rewarding feeling at the end of the season.
So, if you’re thinking about going into agriculture, there are many reasons why you should take the plunge. You’ll be glad that you did when you’re enjoying the countryside, and those early mornings, too!