It’s no secret that in many sectors it’s tough for graduates to find work at the moment. But this isn’t the case in horticulture; there actually aren’t enough horticulture graduates to fill the vacancies.
Alan Harvey, Horticulturist and Programme Leader at Hadlow College advises:
‘Horticultural employers are looking for highly trained, scientific and practically able graduates with the skills to start working straight away. If you’ve got an interest in science, you’re passionate about plants and the future of crop production, then horticulture needs you.’
Horticulture isn’t all wheelbarrows and wellies – it’s a technical and skilled career. You need to be a hands-on, practical person with a flexible outlook. Horticulture doesn’t really offer a 9-5 career. But it is a really rewarding area and as the demand to reduce our carbon footprint through locally sourced produce continues there will be lots of exciting challenges ahead.
Choose a horticulture degree that focuses on work experience, that way you’ll have the right skills from the start. Working at a university or college’s nursery is a great way to start out. And just as important, industry links will help you meet the right people and cultivate contacts for work placements and your career.