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Why you should consider work experience

Experience

Taking part in work experience will give you a taste of a particular job or career. If you are still at school or college, it may help you to decide what you want to do when you leave or what you do not want to do. In addition, some training courses insist that you have had some work experience before applying. It will also give you a taste of the world of work in general.

Confidence

Gaining new skills from new experiences is a great way to boost your self-confidence and learn more about yourself.

Skills

Learning new skills not only increases your confidence but is also an aspect that you can use to enhance your CV when looking for work in the future. Even if you decide to work in a different sector or role from where you gained your work experience, the skills you learned can be transferable.

Learn

You can find out more about a new sector – from how to get a job in that field, to the skills you’ll gain, to future career opportunities down the line.

Meet

Work experience is a great way to increase your networks by meeting new people in the sector that you’d like to work in.

Making the most of work experience

No matter how long or what type of work experience you decide to do, the aim is to have as good an experience as possible. Tell your employer what you’re hoping to get out of it and explain why you want to work with them.

Ask questions

Talk to people about their jobs. Ask them how they got into the sector and ask about the industry in general. What advice do they have about getting a job in this field?

Keep notes

While you’re on your work experience placement, make sure you keep a note of what you did and the skills that you learned during your time there. This will help you when looking for future work as you can add this into your CV or any job applications you fill out.

Ask for feedback

Make sure you ask your employer to tell you how they think you got on at the end of your placement. Get feedback on what they think your strengths and skills are as they relate to your time with them.

Get a reference

Ask your employer if you can use them as a reference on future job applications or your CV, as they can give a good account of what you are like in the work place.

Are you ready?

If you’ve decided you’d like to find out more about working in farming and farming related businesses, then you can start by taking a look at the work experience that Jobfarm has on offer!

Work Experience Opportunities
Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor