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Graduates of this field can work in policy and advice, in research
or in hands-on occupations ranging from quarantine officer,
vineyard or farm manager and animal nutritionist to marketing
officer, plant breeder and food processor. At university level,
these small, specialised courses tend to attract enthusiasts who
are generally very satisfied with the teaching, the skills they gain
and the overall experience. In 2012, around 21 per cent of
graduates were still seeking full-time employment four months
after completing their studies, a slight increase on the 2011
employment rate. The average starting salary for graduates was
$49,679. In 2012, 25 per cent graduates went onto further study.
FOR FURTHER HELP...
• To compare the pros and cons of agriculture with other
fields of study, see the table on page 60 and the institution
profiles in Section 4.
• For more information about careers in this field, see the Job
Guide website at http://jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au.
• For ratings of postgraduate agriculture courses, see The
Good Universities Guide to Postgraduate Courses.
Myles — Bachelor of agricultural science
Why did you choose to study
I was born in north-eastern Victoria
on a farm and have lived and worked
there my whole life. I was also
attracted to the broad career
prospects that are available from this
field of study. Most of the members of my graduating class
have a different job — grain trading, banking, consulting,
sales, real estate, farm managers, farm workers, agronomists,
production supervisors and even education. My course
provided skills that enabled me to not only understand farming
and agriculture better but also to develop a career of my own.
What was the best thing about your course?
The best thing about the course was the people I met along
the way, including classmates, lecturers and supervisors. We
were also fortunate enough to meet a lot of people in the
industry due to the many field trips and farm tours. Meeting
these people has been helpful because, as we’ve entered into
the workforce, we’ve been able to swap advice and ideas.
The course was also fantastic because of the financial
assistance that was given to the students from rural areas.
What was the worst thing about your course?
The worst thing about the course was being away from the
farm and home. Although this is not directly related to the
course, it was still a challenge that many students had to deal
with. Apart from that, there wasn’t much about the course that
I didn’t enjoy.
What did your course involve?
I completed a three-year course and then a final year of
honours, which involved writing a thesis. The course involved
lectures and practical work, some of which was lab-based and
some of which was field-based. The field trips took place
around Victoria, from dairy farms in the south east and
vineyards in the Yarra Valley to broadacre cropping in the west.
Have you found work in your field?
I found work more or less the day I finished class. Because of
the season there was a lot of work available with grain
harvesting and then afterwards summer spraying and
cropping. After that, I was offered a full-time job with an
agricultural machinery dealership in sales. It is great to deal
with customers as I am able to use a lot of my experiences
from university to relate to the different cases.
What advice would you give to students considering
It’s a great field and even if you aren’t from a farming
background you will find the experience to be fantastic. The
feeling of being able to contribute towards primary production
in Australia is one that can only be experienced by working in
the industry. The course itself can sometimes be difficult, but
there is plenty of help available.
Have you completed further study?
I am continuing with a master of agribusiness online, which
has allowed me to work full time and study part time when I
can. I am hoping to enter a career in management or
business after I complete the degree.
Who’s still there in second year
RATE OF RETENTION
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