You'll usually need National 5s (or equivalent) at grades A to C in English and Maths.
You'll also need experience of office administration and knowledge of bookkeeping.
You could take a college course in secretarial work, business administration, bookkeeping or accounting. You could also take a short course with the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators.
Lantra Scotland (LINK) has more information about working in the farming industry.
- IT skills
- Spoken and written communication skills
- Organisational skills
- Accuracy and attention to detail
You'll be responsible for budgets, accounting, recording and monitoring, and other financial aspects of a farm business.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- Using tailor-made agricultural business software
- Keeping records of livestock and crops, to help with planning future crop and stock levels
- Applying for government grants and subsidies
- Preparing farm business accounts and tax returns
- Dealing with wages and personnel records
- Costing, ordering and paying for equipment and supplies
- Typing, filing and other general administrative tasks
- Keeping up to date with farming, health and safety and tax laws
You might work full-time on a large farm or estate as a resident secretary, or you could be a freelance mobile secretary for more than one farm.
Working Hours, Patterns and Environment
You'll usually work Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Part-time or freelance work for more than one employer is more common.
You'll need your own transport if you're a mobile farm secretary, to travel between employers.
With experience, you could become a farm manager.
You could also move into other types of rural business, like stables or countryside management, or use your business and administrative skills in other industries.