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Helping you find a career in Environment & agriculture

A work placement in agriculture or environment will teach you some key transferable skills, provide the chance for you to work outdoors if you wish, and potentially set yourself up for a career in this rewarding industry.

Within environment and agriculture you could be working in a range of jobs. Agriculture is focused on the plant and production side of the industry, whereas environment includes the political side as environment policies govern how the public and businesses operate on a day to day basis.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) produce the regulations for this industry to ensure that the farming processes are sustainable, safe and of high quality.

With growing concerns in the world about global warming and issues of sustainability, this is a rapidly expanding industry and there a number of jobs available in this area. This is incredibly important work as it is ensuring that the world can continue being able to support human life.

The average age of this workforce is quite old, around 55 years, meaning that a big skills gap is anticipated in the not-so-far future. There tends to be a lot of oppprtunity in this area, especially if you’re young and willing to learn!

A few areas that you could work in are:

- Land management and production
- Animal health and welfare
- Environmental industries
- Animal nutrition
- Soil Science
- Forestry
- Environmental assessment

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives an idea of the range of roles that are available to you.

Skills & interests required for a career in Environment & agriculture
The roles in this industry could mean that you do a combination of practical and office-based worked, which means that you’ll need to have a range of skills. In turn, you will also have the benefit of incredibly varied working days.

Obviously, you'll need proactivity and technical knowledge of agriculture and environment.

Key skills to help you be successful in this field are:
- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- IT skills
- Negotiation
- Organisation
What Environment & agriculture work experience do you need?
There’s a variety of work experience you could get for a career in environment and agriculture. You should research local companies in your area in these industries and ask for some work experience in the office or shadowing another employee. This will give you some great insight into what work will be like in a specific role.

Some environment degrees will have a placement year built in as part of the course, which provides valuable work experience for a future career in the industry.

Voluntary work on farms or with animals, if that’s the direction you’re thinking of going in, will also help an employer have confidence in your abilities when applying for a work placement or job.

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