De­grees open op­por­tu­ni­ties

Tasmanian Country - - TRADES AND SERVICES -

STUDY­ING agri­cul­tural sci­ence has opened up a whole new world of pos­si­bil­i­ties for Lau­ren Row­lands from the south­ern Mid­lands.

When she was in her fi­nal year of col­lege, like many oth­ers, she was un­sure what ca­reer path she would take.

“I was al­ways chang­ing my mind on what I wanted to do, from vet sci­ence to medicine to law, but then one day a cur­rent agri­cul­ture stu­dent from the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia came to our ca­reers fair and spoke to us about the agri­cul­tural sci­ence de­gree,” she said.

“That was the first time I con­sid­ered agri­cul­ture. Be­fore that I thought you only did agri­cul­ture if you were go­ing to get a fam­ily farm af­ter­wards.”

Since en­rolling in the Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, she has dis­cov­ered a di­verse in­dus­try and is ex­cited by the range of ca­reers on of­fer.

“If you have a love for sci“The ence and you want a hands-on ca­reer then agri­cul­tural sci­ence could be for you.

“I’ve al­ways had a love for an­i­mals, but since be­gin­ning my de­gree I’ve re­alised just how di­verse the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try re­ally is. I’ve found I am re­ally in­ter­ested in plant sci­ence and wine in par­tic­u­lar.”

She has turned her in­ter­est in viti­cul­ture into an op­por­tu­nity through work ex­pe­ri­ence with lo­cal in­dus­try in vine­yards and winer­ies.

“The great thing is I’ve been able to ap­ply what I have learnt in the class­room to my ex­pe­ri­ence in the vine­yard.

“The wine man­agers have even been quizzing me on what I know to see what I have learnt in my de­gree.”

In 2016 she was awarded the in­au­gu­ral Blund­stone schol­ar­ship, worth $30,000.

schol­ar­ship will help pay for fees, petrol and text­books, al­low­ing me to di­rect my fo­cus to­wards my stud­ies, rather than wor­ry­ing about th­ese ex­penses,” she said.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed all the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence we have re­ceived, from go­ing on field trips and camps, to see­ing all the dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries that we could all be a part of one day.

“I am re­ally ex­cited about the prospect of be­ing able to work out­side and travel with a bach­e­lor of agri­cul­tural sci­ence un­der my arm.”

With a to­tal value of up to $300,000, there are cur­rently more schol­ar­ships avail­able at UTAS for those study­ing agri­cul­ture-re­lated de­grees than in any other area.

The fig­ure in­cludes eight schol­ar­ships, each worth up to $10,000 per year, for first-year stu­dents start­ing in 2018.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 31. For de­tails go to www. utas.edu.au/schol­ar­ships.

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