School: Francis Douglas Memorial College
University: Massey University, 2016-2018
Degree: Bachelor of Agricultural Science
Current employment: Agribusiness Graduate, Fonterra Farm Source
Job description: I am currently completing my first rotation with the Area Manager Team in Taranaki. The Agribusiness Graduate Programme involves two or three rotations throughout the business over a two-year period. My role includes working with farmers, managing events/project work as well as working alongside people in various areas of Fonterra.
DairyNZ scholarship benefits: The DairyNZ Scholarship provided a great opportunity to network with established individuals in the agribusiness sector and learn about the many different career options on offer. The scholarship programme exposes you to the wider agricultural sector and supports you throughout your degree with mentors and academic advice. Mentors are particularly helpful, as they have been through the same degree and help with any issues you may face at university.
Future plans: In the short term, I am focused on learning as much as possible whilst completing my first rotation on the Fonterra Graduate Programme. I aim to build my networks, work with as many people as possible, and service the farmers in Taranaki.
In the future, I wish to work within agricultural governance roles and own my own dairy farm.