Career Advice

There are many opportunities available for suitable candidates in the Agri sector which is doing well. Ag graduates with commercial experience in particular will always be in demand and many graduates now work in a wide variety of non-traditional careers.

However the demand now and for the foreseeable future is for those with higher qualifications and appropriate work experience. Young graduates need to bear this in mind, consider an internship,  avail of every opportunity to gain relevant work experience and to acquire extra qualifications.

While the vacancies available after leaving college may not be exactly what you have in mind you should consider the potential this employment may have for you to acquire new skills, attend training courses and the opportunity it may provide to make useful contacts for the future.

Membership of the Agricultural Science Association , Marketing Institute etc and profesional groups on Linkedin will give you excellent opportunities to network. All other things being equal at the end of the day who you know is as important as what you know.

Obviously agricultural graduates have an advantage when dealing with environmental issues and the food production & processing  sectors with their qualifications and background. However good IT & communications skills are essential, as are some qualifications in marketing, sales etc  so look on your primary degree as the first step in your career journey.

Seeking That Elusive Job?

  • There is no point in wasting time and money sending unsolicited CVs to employers with no suitable vacancy. So be selective –do your market research on where the positions (temporary, contract or full time) actually are.
  • If you see a company advertising a position for which you do not have the necessary experience you can still phone or write in enquiring re temporary positions, work experience opportunities or possible future vacancies there for someone with your experience.
  • Vacancies are often filled using a combination of personal contacts and recruitment agencies. You should therefore consider selecting some suitable agencies to further your career. Agencies receive a commission from the employer so they have a vested interest in filling the position.
  • Keep your CV short, print on plain paper, forget about fancy covers and send a well-crafted cover  letter with your  E-mail to potential employers (HR Manager or specific contacts) explaining why they should interview YOU for a specific position.
  • For further information on writing your CV, preparing a Linkedin profile and/or preparing for interviews read the information we have posted elsewhere on this site. Lots of good websites also available (e.g so why not check them out.
  • As regards remuneration packages on offer, the Teagasc/Dept. of Agriculture scales are a useful guideline. In addition you need to consider the value of a company car (if supplied), medical benefits, life insurance scheme, performance bonus, promotional opportunities, training etc.
  • We have updated some research on the employment market for agricultural graduates and summarised a selection of the findings. Hopefully you will find this a useful guide when planning your future career. So be positive life is what you make it.


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