Agriculture Careers

Agriculture Careers – How to decide on a course that you will enjoy & be successful in?


Agriculture Careers – The key to deciding on the most appropriate course of study is to ‘research’ the contents of the course versus your interests, aptitudes and reflect upon the choices available.  Self reflection is probably the most significant facet of the decision process.  Reflecting on the course content, reflecting on the course delivery, the culture of the learning environment, living far from home, reflecting on your research findings, conversations with lecturers at open days, future job functions, job prospects, employers, etc…..arranging an appointment with a qualified, impartial and qualified career guidance practitioner who will challenge the students to reflect and set out a career action plan and help select the most appropriate course for you.


Agriculture Careers – choosing a course that will be suitable (ie not one that a student will drop out of after a few months)


If you are set on a career within agriculture, most courses include modules such as business and science subjects – so beware of this reality, yes research the course content.  Do you currently like business and science subjects, do you like the outdoors, animals, food, etc.  Psychometric tests can be used as a useful tool to help decide if a career in Agriculture is for you and help reduce the probability that the student may select the wrong course of study.  These science and business modules open up various career avenues such as agri consultancy, retail or sales representatives or farm management – so consider and visualise the long term prospects upon graduation.


Agriculture Careers – how to rank your preference for different courses?


You must consider the costs associated with your study and living at home while you complete your course may be the only option available to you in order to afford a third level education.  Location and the cost of living must be factored into any decision and the finances available to the student from their support network.  It is also important to use the change of mind option in May against your forecasted points, a month or so before you sit the Leaving Cert you should be in a more informed position to predict your points total – always have a failsafe option or two just in case things don’t go exactly to plan, hence researching the points from previous years is highly advised.  Also have in place the UCAS option as a backup.  Factor issues such as, points, location, course content, future career direction, employment prospects, duration of course, course provider reputation, cost of living, etc – ranking these factors is a personal choice for each student.  The client can be facilitated in the decision making process with the help of a career guidance practitioner.


Agriculture Careers – is work experience a good move for students who are not 100pc sure of what they want?


Transition year provides an excellent opportunity to reflect, physically investigate career choices and partake in industrial experience.  Use the transition year and summer holidays to fully immerse yourself in careers that may be your future, question professionals in their roles and reflect upon what a career for you may look and feel like.


Agriculture Careers – common mistakes made by students when applying for courses


Speak to your support network, include your family in the decision process and be open about your career thoughts.  Don’t be afraid to utilise the services of a career guidance practitioner and feel positive and assured about your decision.  Keep your options open, utilise the change of mind option and research, reflect and scenario plan.


Agriculture Careers – any other relevant info


Many students who drop out of a third level course are unfortunately unprepared for an independent student lifestyle.  Some find it difficult to adapt to the new educational culture, the personal responsibility, teaching style and the course itself.  If you do find yourself in a course that you are not quite suited to, speak to a career guidance practitioner within the college or at as soon as you realise the course is not for you – there are always options available.


Diarmuid Haughian MA Career Guidance, QCG

Agriculture Careers

Agriculture Careers