John Deere invites former and future military veterans to consider joining its dealer network as qualified technicians.
With many transferable skills, those with military machinery experience will be perfectly placed for a new career working with some of the world’s most advanced turf and agricultural equipment.
The machine maker has announced that it will host a free online careers event on September 1, where attendees will hear from people who have transitioned from military service to the John Deere dealer network.
One of the speakers will be former serviceman William Foster, who left the military after 23 years of service and has completed several operational tours, including Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Upon leaving, he faced the prospect of finding a new job – a task further complicated by the first Covid-19 lockdown beginning just four days after leaving the services.
Although he did not get the first job he originally applied for at John Deere, it still made him more determined to pursue a career in agriculture. engineering sector and focus its attention on how best to achieve its objectives.
“Not getting this job made me realize how much I wanted to work with John Deere,” he said.
“I decided to own this dream, give it a professional spin and see if I could make it my next full career.”
To gain experience, William volunteered at one John Deere dealership and got a job at another, eventually landing a job as an agricultural engineer with Ben Burgess in Oakham, Rutland.
“The similarities between this role and my career in the military are uncanny,” William said.
“I view the depot as my ‘forward operating base’, the surrounding areas as my ‘area of responsibility’ and ‘the enemy’ as blackouts to deal with.
“If you can fix a tank, you can fix a tractor.”