Be Your Own Boss

Be Your Own Boss
What can I do?

Food or Fibre farming, Nursery, Cropping , Landscape, Viticulture, Livestock farming, agricultural consultant, Farm product supplier, Farm service provider, Transporter. Regional trending industries include: farm transport and logistics. IT consultancy, Web analyst, Beef, Poultry, Deer farming, Viticulture, Dairy and Icecream manufacturing.

Where can I get trained?

For jobs right around Australia, check out www.uworkin.com
For jobs in Geelong see our live job feed on www.geelongcareers.org.au

At school with a vocational Education and Training (VET) program in

  1. Agriculture
  2. Horticulture
  3. Landscaping
  4. Conservation & Land management
  5. Aboriculture

“No matter what subjects you choose – there is a link to a career in food and fibre.” Victorian Farmers Federation, 2014.

At the Gordon TAFE, Marcus Oldham Agricultural college or a private higher education provider where you don’t need an ATAR, and courses take between six months and two years.

At university where you can choose an undergraduate degree in:
Information Technology (many 21st Century agribusinesses rely on IT ), Engineering, Communications, Law, Commerce, Marine Science/Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Veterinary Medicine, Biotechnology, Agricultural Science, Genetics.

On the job with a school based or adult apprenticeship . Ask G Force or another local apprenticeship provider for details.

Where can I get experience?

At school through your year 10 work experience program. Contact GRVEC, your school careers advisor, or ask a local agribusiness for some voluntary work.
Keep an eye on the Volunteering Geelong website.

What do I need to be good at?

Food and Fibre industries require you to be

  • passionate and committed to your chosen industry
  • willing to learn
  • able to solve problems creatively
  • a good team worker
  • reliable
  • honest
  • punctual

How much do I get paid?

Weekly wages range from apprenticeship wages of around $450 per week, to professional and experienced wages of an average of $1,500 per week.

What can this job lead to?

Owning and managing your own business.

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