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?
At school with a vocational Education and Training (VET) program in
- Conservation & Land management
“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
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.