Degrees open opportunities
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.