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Making a Career Pivot into the Agricultural Sector

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Transitioning to a new career sector is never easy, and the agricultural industry comes with its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. However, as the recent launch of John Deere's Military Hiring Programme in the UK has shown, it's entirely possible for professionals from other sectors to make a successful career pivot into agriculture. This programme offers valuable insights into how we, at Agricultural Recruitment Specialists, can assist you in your transition to the agricultural sector. Let’s delve into what you should consider if you're thinking about a career change.

Recognising Transferable Skills

In the world of recruitment, 'transferable skills' is a term that gets thrown around quite often, but its significance cannot be overstated, especially when considering a career pivot to agriculture. The agriculture sector is multifaceted and can greatly benefit from skills honed in other industries. John Deere’s Military Hiring Programme underscores this, spotlighting how military skills in engineering and mechanics can find valuable applications in agricultural machinery operation and maintenance.

At Agricultural Recruitment Specialists, we employ a comprehensive skills mapping approach to help you understand how your existing abilities could serve you well in various agricultural roles. Here are some examples of transferable skills and how they could fit into an agricultural context:

Project Management

How it Translates: Overseeing crop cycles, managing livestock, or coordinating seasonal workers requires strong project management skills.

Mechanical Aptitude

How it Translates: Skills in machinery repair and maintenance can be directly applied to managing farming equipment, from tractors to irrigation systems.

Logistics and Supply Chain Experience

How it Translates: Managing the harvest, storage, and distribution of produce is a complex logistical challenge that can benefit from experience in other supply chain-intensive industries.

Team Leadership

How it Translates: Leading a team of farmhands, coordinating with other farmers, or managing an entire agricultural operation requires strong leadership and people management skills.

IT Skills

How it Translates: With agriculture increasingly incorporating technology, from drone surveillance to crop data analytics, a background in IT can be highly beneficial.

Communication Skills

How it Translates: Whether it’s negotiating contracts, liaising with suppliers, or communicating with seasonal staff, effective communication is key in almost any agricultural role.

Problem-Solving Abilities

How it Translates: Every day in agriculture presents new challenges, be it sudden changes in weather conditions, equipment failure, or supply chain disruptions. A keen problem-solving ability is essential.

Environmental Awareness

How it Translates: If you have worked in sectors requiring a strong understanding of environmental impact, this knowledge can be invaluable in roles related to sustainable agriculture.

Understanding how these skills translate can help us guide you to roles that not only match your abilities but also offer fulfilling career prospects. Whilst these are just examples, they showcase the diverse range of skills that can find a home in the agricultural sector. So, when considering a career pivot to agriculture, it's less about starting anew and more about understanding how your existing skills can offer a fresh start.

Read our blog:The 4 essential key skills for a successful career in agriculture

Taking Advantage of Networking Opportunities

The John Deere career event emphasises the importance of networking for those interested in a career change. Being in the right place at the right time, and meeting the right people, can open doors you never even knew existed. To help facilitate this, we offer a variety of networking opportunities, including webinars, job fairs, and online forums, all tailored to the agricultural sector.

Seeking Industry Expertise

While we don’t offer training programmes, we are a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the industry's latest trends, demands, and skill requirements. Our consultancy services can guide you through the various roles in agriculture that might align with your existing skills, making your career transition as smooth as possible.

Partnering for Success

Success in agricultural recruitment often lies in strong partnerships. While we work closely with agricultural businesses to understand their staffing needs, we also maintain relationships with educational institutions and career advisory services. This allows us to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive service that benefits both employers and job seekers.


The launch of John Deere’s Military Hiring Programme in the UK is a great example of the untapped potential for career pivots into the agricultural sector. As specialists in agricultural recruitment, we are well-equipped to guide you in your career transition journey. With an emphasis on recognising transferable skills, offering multiple networking opportunities, and leveraging our deep industry expertise, Agricultural Recruitment Specialists aims to facilitate your entry into this rewarding field.

If you're considering such a career change, or if you're an employer seeking to diversify your talent pool, we invite you to get in touch with us for a personalised consultation.

Further reading:The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Job in the Agricultural Sector