A change in her career path has seen Jess Sloss move from the civil service to agriculture and she has now signed up as a new Member of the Guild.
Industry communications manager for Red Tractor Assurance, Jess is relishing the challenge of her new role.
Having studied law at university and working in the civil service for six years giving employment advice, Jess decided on a change of career and headed to the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Cirencester to complete a graduate diploma in agriculture.
“Throughout the year I used Twitter to find work experience; I worked on a smallholding with sheep, pigs, deer and turkeys; spent some time shepherding on a National Trust estate in Suffolk and lambing on a mixed farm of 1,000 ewes and 100 dairy cows in Powys during the dreadful snow in April this year,” she says. “After finishing at the RAU, I was lucky enough to be offered a job at Red Tractor as the industry communications manager in July 2013.
“I’m determined to keep practically involved in the industry and had the opportunity to help with the olive harvest in Italy in November 2013, which was a brilliant experience,” Jess adds. “I also plan to go back to Powys for lambing next year.”
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