Looking for work experience?

There is a range of different types of work experience to consider

Looking For Work Experience?

Why you should consider work experience

Your Work Experience

Rural industries are full of opportunities for young people. Even if you don’t have a rural background – in fact, especially if you don’t – work experience can help you to find out more about working in the sector.

Variety of Work Experiences

There is work experience available in Farming, Engineering, Science, Food and Rural Industries. The variety of work on offer includes working outdoors, in a workshop, with animals, in an office, in a shop, or in a lab carrying out research. Working in any of these environments will help you to decide what interests you.

The Need for Work Experience

You may have already decided on your career but work experience will strengthen your application to a training course, apprenticeship or a job. Some training courses insist that you have work experience before applying.

Even if you decide to choose another job, work experience will enhance your CV, your job prospects, and might lead to a positive reference and a job.

Make the most of work experience

Work experience offers you a fabulous opportunity to learn about a job, gain new personal skills and to show off your abilities. It is advisable to throw yourself into the experience and gain as much as you can from it. Ask questions, work hard and learn from those working with you.

It also gives you the opportunity to make contact with those already working in the sector who might help you in the future.

Ask for feedback

Make sure you ask your employer for feedback on how you got on, for instance your strengths, weaknesses, skills and job prospects.
 
Get a reference

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

Now, take a look at the opportunities currently available – and come back to visit Jobfarm as we expand these in the future.

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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