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Inspiring future generations by Samantha Bowsher

undefinedSamantha Bowsher, Skills Development Officer

I recently attended a mock interview day at the Hadlow Rural Community School in Kent. The day was aimed at introducing year 10 students to the world of CV writing and job interviews. The school works in partnership with Hadlow College, to extend the curriculum to include land-based studies.

There is a growing interest from students around careers within agriculture and I had eight students to interview. With the school’s close ties to the college, students can elect to study a subject there one day a week; these subjects include agriculture and animal management.

Representatives from several industries and local businesses also attended, interviewing students for roles such as legal secretaries, police officers and roles in the British army. The mock interview process gave students the opportunity to experience a job interview, discuss their CVs with the interviewer and gain feedback on how they presented themselves throughout the exercise.

Students were keen to know more about the agricultural industry and asked questions relating to specific job roles they were interested in, such as farm managers and animal nutritionists. They also wanted advice on what their next steps should be and how they can work towards their future career in the land-based sectors.

It was a very rewarding day for both myself and the students and it was encouraging to see the interest in agriculture as a career choice. It would be great to be involved with days like these more often and help promote our industry to future generations. So if anybody else would like to invite me, get in touch:

By AHDB Pork at 30 Mar 2017, 12:12 PM


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