The website is aimed at high school students, people in their 20s, people seeking a career change, parents and teachers. It includes information on recommended school subjects, tertiary study and training. There are also links to job search sites and information on DairyNZ’s awards and scholarships.
Channel Marketing Manager Andrew Fraser says: “The sector needs motivated and passionate people with a range of skills to ensure we continue to have a successful industry, and to meet current and emerging challenges.”
New Zealand leads the world in dairy and the sector is one of the country’s largest employers. Challenges include continually improving the relationship between dairying and the environment, and ensuring New Zealand dairy remains competitive in the international market.
“Working in the dairy sector gives young people many opportunities. It is a dynamic and ever-changing sector. Young people get the chance to learn new skills, gain qualifications, get promotions, learn to think strategically and be innovative,” Andrew says.
“Depending on the role, young people can work with technology, outdoors, with other people, with animals and even be their own boss. There’s a job for everyone and opportunities to continually grow a career throughout a lifetime.”
Roles range across dairy farming, agri-business and agri-science. The website has a fun quiz, giving suggestions for which type of career would suit each individual best. The quiz ranks a range of suitable role types in order.
“A great thing about the dairy sector is you learn skills that are transferable to other roles. You may start as a farm assistant and end up as a farm owner or rural professional, for instance,” Andrew says.
“As well as hard working and strategic people on-farm, the dairy sector needs rural professionals to help farmers improve their farm businesses, research scientists to find answers to complex questions with benefits in real life, and environmental and greenhouse gas specialists to find new solutions. These are just a few of the many roles.”
“We encourage young people interested in a career in dairy to visit the GoDairy website, talk to others in the sector, visit workplaces they are interested in, ask questions and research areas of interest on the internet. We also encourage people to get a mentor who can share their knowledge and experience and be a sounding board,” Andrew says.
Visit the GoDairy website.
Sections on the website include:
Opportunities for young people to get social, network and connect with others in the sector
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