Opportunities and career progression
For those who feel stuck in their careers, additional qualifications, such as an MBA or a PhD, could provide an answer, but how important are they to career progression?
“It depends on the role,” Ms Tacon says. “Sometimes people get stuck in their careers in which case external study, such as an MBA, gives you time to reflect, a lot more theory and a great platform to relaunch your career.
“I notice that many people do short stints at management schools now, from a week to a few months. If your business offers you that, then grab it with both hands. But for a lot of people doing an MBA on your own is costly and time consuming so I would always encourage people to push for training in their own Personal Development Plans and find out what the business can offer. Sadly, I don’t see agricultural businesses being at the forefront in this area.”
Mentoring is another great option for those seeking guidance and professional development, but should they be a leader and/or from inside your company or department?
Ms Tacon says: “Mentors should really be outside your business, as they are helping you, without any conflict. Seek someone you respect and who realistically has time for you, the gender is irrelevant, but it must be someone you can relate to and whose advice you will value.”