Job: Sales Consultant Area: Mid Canterbury
The Sales Rep
Victoria didn’t grow up on a farm and says that agriculture wasn’t pushed as a career option at her high school. She still saw the light however, and learnt about all sorts of farms during four years of study at Massey University. She also worked part time on farms during her studies and after eight months working on-farms and for a contractor straight after university, she landed a trainee job with Altum as a Fertliser and Animal Nutrition Sales Rep.
What is your typical day like?
My days are pretty varied but I normally try and get some office work out of the way in the morning and then see three or four farmers a day. When it’s quieter I might spend the day planning and getting office stuff done but it’s very much up to me to organise my own time.
What do you love most about your job?
Building relationships with a wide range of farmers and other people like the guys at the transport companies and stores, helping farmers achieve their goals, and learning from them too.
What skills do you need to do the job well?
People skills are number one, the rest all stem from that.
Are there any qualifications that will help in a job like yours?
Any agricultural qualification would help, I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agriculture and Rural Valuation.
Where do you see yourself going in the future?
For now I just want to be really good at the job I’ve got and see what opportunities it opens up – I’m lucky to work for a big company, so moving upwards is a possibility.
Do you get any perks?
Where do I start? Car, phone, laptop, great training and flexibility!
What advice would you give young people wanting a career like yours?
Get networking - take the time to spend some time in the field with someone who is doing it already. Make yourself known to people in the industry and get your CV out there. I got my job from applying for a job that was a bit above me; it didn’t suit but they remembered my CV and when a trainee job came up they called me. It might take a bit of effort but it’s worth persevering!
How did I get here:
School - NCEA: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Statistics
University: Bachelor of Applied Science. Double Major Agriculture and Rural Valuation