How to Start a Career in the Great Outdoors

The land based sector has many exciting job opportunities for people leaving the Armed Forces, offering a great alternative to working in an office. Clive Lowe, OA Career Consultant, and Anna Baker Cresswell, Founder and Development Director of HighGround, recently ran a webinar about starting a career in this sector.

What is the land based sector?

  • Conservation
  • Farming
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape-design.

Why work in the land based sector?

  • There are serious skills shortages across the land based sector, creating many opportunities
  • A great alternative to working in the City or office environment.

What military qualities can help in a land based job?

  • A good team player
  • Adaptable
  • Cope working long hours in all weathers
  • Have an ‘in the field’ mentality
  • Motivated
  • Resilient
  • Resourceful.

How is the sector addressing the skill shortages?

  • Grow Careers is an online resource about starting and developing a career in horticulture
  • HighGround has been approached by the Royal Forestry Society and the Forestry Commission to start a project specifically aimed at recruiting from the military into forestry
  • HighGround provides advice and run ‘Rural Weeks’.

What is HighGround?

HighGround is a charity that helps Service Leavers, Reservists and veterans to find opportunities in the land-based sector. The charity provides support and advice from its Westminster office, and at ‘Rural Weeks’ delivered at an agricultural college. Its network includes farms, estates, vineyards, nurseries, forestry companies and fencing contractors.

For more information e-mail Anna Baker Cresswell, or call 07951 495 272. Join the HighGround LinkedIn group or visit the website.

What is a ‘Rural Week’?

  • The foundation of HighGround’s advice and support
  • A five day residential course at Bicton College, in Devon
  • Free for participants
  • For serving and former military Personnel interested in a new career in the land based sector
  • Industry experts explain the different paths to working in the industry, including what training and qualifications are needed; where to find training and salary expectations
  • Participants are shown how military experience can help them in their new career
  • After the course HighGround helps participants to access training and arrange work experience.

Register with the OA to access exclusive webinars.