Meet Claire. She may not be able to reach the top shelves in the parts room (even with a step ladder) but this little pocket rocket doesn’t let that stop her being awesome at her job.
Name: Claire McCaskie
Occupation: Spare Parts Interpreter
What does a typical day look like:
Most days are spent in the office getting parts for our mechanics and customers. It’s a lot of time spent on the computer and calling suppliers, other businesses and our customers to make sure they can get their machinery up and running quickly.
How did you get into your job:
I was applying for anything related to the Ag industry during lock down while helping out on the family farm. I had to go in to pick up parts for my Dad from the local CaseIH dealer. They had advertised for a position in spare parts. I spoke with the manager and two weeks later I was diving head first into the job. It’s not something I had previously considered but it’s been a fantastic and eye opening experience!
What are your hopes for the agriculture industry:
I’d love to see the assumption Ag is predominantly for men be completely forgotten. At the moment it can be hard for women to get the same positions as men in this industry, especially if you are young, coming from a different role in the industry or just dipping your toes in for the first time. I’d love to see more women coming through the front door at work needing parts for THEIR machines to keep going.
What advice would you have for any women or girls wanting to get into agriculture:
Have a go! Pester as many people as you have to until you get where you want to be.