As students, you often take a variety of personality quizzes in elementary and secondary school to provide ideas on your career path. While certain personality traits and characteristics are better suited to certain careers, it turns out that there are no special personality traits needed to work in the agriculture and food sector. AgScape collaborate with Self Management Group on a multi-year project which profiled dozens of individuals who work incareers in agriculture and food. The preliminary findings were that agriculture were that agriculture does not require 'personality traits' which are unique from other sectors. In other words, if you are suited to a career in sales, it could be in automotive, fashion, agri-food. Your skills can take you into this exciting and growing sector of the economy. According to John Marshall, "agri-food careers should be considered mainstream. The agri-food industry is so large and diverse that most common career paths can be found within it."
Why bring your personality and skill set to agriculture? The answer is simple: the opportunities are incredible. Over 2.1 million Canadians work in the agriculture and food secotr and more are needed every day. There is currently a labour shortage in the sector, and it is estimated that by 2025 there will be openings in 114,000 jobs (CAHRC). This translates into opportunity for students. A 2011 University of Guelph report found that there are 3 jobs waiting for every graduate of their bachelore programs in agriculture.
So what are you waiting for? Explore the career opportunities that you could pursue in agriculture and food HERE.