National Farmers' Federation

Young Australians get first-hand insight of jobs in agriculture with #AgVenture Careers Expo

High school students are encouraged to log on and find out more about the many and varied jobs in agriculture with the NFF’s AgVenture Careers Expo. The AgVenture Careers Expo is part of the celebrations for this year’s National Agriculture Day, Friday 19 November.

Beginning on Monday 25 October, Years 10, 11 and 12 students and other young people are likely to be surprised to learn of the jobs on offer – on farm, in an office and even in the air!

“The great part about agriculture is that there is a career to suit almost every interest, skill, education level and location,” NFF President Fiona Simson said.

“Through the #AgVenture Careers Expo, the NFF is looking forward to providing young Australians potential pathways for fulfilling and rewarding jobs in agriculture.”

The webinars will provide a-day-in-the-life, no holds barred insights into jobs like cattle vet, stock and station agent and of course, farmer! Through the first-hand accounts of webinar guests, students will be taken, virtually, to the saleyards, shearing shed and a high-rise city office and have the opportunity to ask the tough questions like: how much do you get paid or did you have to do a lot of study?

Guests will also provide guidance on the training and education needed for the featured jobs.

Food writer, farmer and 2016 Rural Woman of the Year, Sophie Hansen and Humans of Agriculture podcast creator Oli Le Livere will host the webinars, sharing their own ag career journeys.

Over four weeks students can tune into hear from Australians like Top End pilot Bobby Nicholl.  As a teenager Bobby thought his life-long dream of becoming a pilot was out of reach due to a minor vision impairment. Today, Bobby flies the length and breadth of a remote Queensland cattle station checking stock and infrastructure and is an integral part of a tight-knit station team of ringers, mechanics, cooks and overseers.

Barley breeder, Dr Hannah Robinson is excited to share her career story, that sees her at the forefront of Australia’s development of new barley varieties, work critical to farmers’ ability to better manage drought into the future.

First generation farmers Jacynta and Adam Coffey will explain how they realised their dream of owning a cattle property and their goal to continue producing high quality beef while increasing the biodiversity and ecological value of their land.

To find out more and to register for the #AgVenture Careers Expo visit the AgDay website.

This year’s National Agriculture Day is Friday 19 November.

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