From the collective to the innovation leaders: how agricultural companies fighting stereotypes about “field work”

The opinion of Ukrainians about the agricultural sector and the real situation today is vastly different from each other. And the problem stems from the quite natural process: generations change and with them change the idea of success and a prestigious job.

Work “on the ground” and production of the specialty are not considered too prestigious and profitable. However, these are clichés. I would like to clarify and dispel the most widespread among Ukrainians myths about working in agriculture.

MYTH # 1: Low wages

People believe that the technology in manufacturing can earn really good money. This situation actually took place in the past, but state-owned enterprises, and then the stereotype just “sold” for the whole agricultural sector. Went unfair, but because of it specialists in search of decent wages begin to settle for “grey” or to look for options for employment abroad. No one thinks about the fact that abroad will have to pay for housing is not cheap, spend money on food (too much more expensive than in Ukraine), and in General to live in a country with a different culture, traditions, mentality.

However, contrary to popular belief, agrohotel now stable in the top five in terms of wages. This is evidenced not something divorced from the reality of the study, and the actual rating levels of salaries for jobs posted on sites on job search.

Agronomists or veterinarians at the leading Ukrainian enterprises can receive up to 30 thousand UAH, mechanical engineers — up to 17 thousand, technologists in the area of poultry production to 25 thousand These numbers are much higher and the market is not significantly lower than, for example, in the same Poland. And the conditions are much better.

MYTH # 2: don’t need a high skill level

This stereotype originated, apparently, in Soviet times. Then work in agriculture or manufacturing, the factory was often in the best case, after PTU. Specialists with higher education involved mostly in administrative positions.

Currently, the situation is radically different: even the highest education does not guarantee the availability of the necessary skills. On the capacity of the largest agricultural holdings is now worth innovative equipment, of which the lectures in the best case tell. Coming on trips or internships in these companies, students live for the first time acquainted with the technique.

Work in modern agribusiness involves a large amount of responsibility and qualification, opens up completely new opportunities to develop not only as a worker but as a technical expert.

MYTH 3: the Lack of career prospects

The modern business model does not provide for lifetime work on a single post, as it was once. On the contrary, staff development is encouraged. The desire to learn and improve professionally for the applicant is a significant advantage. Now in Ukraine is a major agricultural companies create conditions for dynamic development of staff, from induction programmes at the beginning and ending motivational and educational trips abroad. Supported the career that there are appropriate internal training programs.

The company is interested in good staff continued to work on her powers. Therefore, even if the person wants to change the profile of activity for these opportunities. The main thing — desire to work and develop, today it is the most valuable quality of a professional. And it always finds a suitable response.

Myth No. 4: the Lack of a decent social security

High salary and career prospects is not the only important criteria for choosing a job. People want to get social security. Many Ukrainians, not knowing their rights, perceived as a gift, paid vacation and sick leave — but having something more often looking for the catch. In today’s world, good benefits package is the norm. To work effectively and with pleasure, he needs to be focused on professional activities, instead of addressing pressing problems. For this, companies are investing in social security.

In large Ukrainian agricultural holdings this question has long been withdrawn — employees are given free health care or regular medical examination, going to the gym, incentive trips abroad and additional remuneration following the results of work. Those who need it, often provide office accommodation. Ukraine’s agricultural sector is now actively struggling with the outflow of specialists abroad, and ensuring a decent standard of living in their native country — one of the most effective methods in this fight.

All these myths about the Ukrainian agricultural sector is high time to forget. In search of decent work should expand your horizons and move away from stereotypes. Russian experts would benefit if to pay attention to the opportunities that she offers to the agricultural sector.