Top crop of agri­cul­ture stu­dents to meet up

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

WITH job va­can­cies now out­num­ber­ing ap­pli­cants in some sec­tors, agri­cul­tural grad­u­ates are in the box seat, and there’s no bet­ter place for stu­dents to ex­plore the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties than at this year’s UNE Farm­ing Fu­tures event.

Dr Janelle Wilkes, course co­or­di­na­tor of agri­cul­ture at UNE, said ca­reers in agri­cul­ture are now more di­verse than ever.

Her re­cent sur­vey of UNE agri­cul­tural grad­u­ates re­vealed that not only were 97% em­ployed but they were in agribusi­ness, agron­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, an­i­mal nu­tri­tion and re­search roles.

“There is grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion of agri­cul­tural de­grees and the trans­fer­able skills that our UNE grad­u­ates de­velop,” Dr Wilkes said.

“Our grad­u­ates have practical skills mak­ing them work ready, with many go­ing on to fur­ther study to en­hance their em­ploy­ment prospects.

“Over half of all agri­cul­tural stu­dents at UNE are now fe­male, chal­leng­ing tra­di­tional stereo­types.

And ac­cord­ing to Dr Emma Doyle, lec­turer in the School of En­vi­ron­men­tal and Ru­ral Sci­ence, gen­der bar­ri­ers have been bro­ken down.

“Tech­nol­ogy and various on-farm im­prove­ments mean that the phys­i­cal side of farm work is no longer an is­sue for women,” she said.

“Be­sides, a ca­reer in agri­cul­ture these days can in­volve any­thing from be­ing an agrib­ank man­ager to work­ing in mar­ket­ing, man­age­ment or eco­nomics, or even as a re­searcher like me. At Farm­ing Fu­tures, all stu­dents, but es­pe­cially fe­male stu­dents, can see that there are no lim­i­ta­tions to what they can do.”

Farm­ing Fu­tures, to be held on Friday, show­cases the range of ca­reers avail­able across our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries. Or­gan­ised en­tirely by cur­rent UNE agri­cul­tural stu­dents, it fea­tures a ca­reers fair, pre­sen­ta­tions and lab­o­ra­tory ses­sions, and an in­dus­try din­ner.

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