Top crop of agriculture students to meet up
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.