Learning the agricultural industry
For me, taking every opportunity to immerse yourself in the agricultural industry is essential. You can learn so much from just being there, in the moment, and being a part of the hustle and bustle. This applies to trade events too – get yourself out there and amongst it, you’ll be surprised how much you learn without realising!
For example, agricultural machinery is not a topic I am overly clued up on – it’s hard to get a look in when there’s boys about the farm at home!
So, being able to visit the John Deere HQ, ask the team questions and even test drive an 8R 410 with a Joskin Euroliner slurry tanker on the back has provided me with some invaluable experience which I wouldn’t have picked up without attending the course.
Knowledge consolidation and personal development
The sessions covered during the John Deere training included interviewing skills, understanding the difference between news writing and feature writing and a sneak peek into the world of PR – something I’m all too familiar with!
And although the training gave me an insight into the world of being a journalist, it’s also reassuring to consolidate your existing knowledge. I learnt a lot during the John Deere training course, but also realised that I know much more than I originally thought. For me, this realisation has supported me to trust in my ability, build my self-belief and approach every task with a ‘can-do’ attitude.