School: Gore High School
University: Lincoln University, 2015-2018
Degree: Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours in plant science
Current employment: Ballance Agri-Nutrients intern
Job description: The intern role lasts 6-12 months until all necessary skills and knowledge required to be a nutrient specialist are learned. Skills and knowledge are obtained from completing course work, through sessions with sector experts and outside the classroom shadowing and supporting other nutrient specialists in the field.
DairyNZ scholarship benefits: The DairyNZ scholarship provided great networking opportunities with individuals from all over the agricultural sector with varied responsibilities and success. This led to conversations with new farmers and rural professionals which helped prepare me for my role at Ballance Agri-Nutrients. The generous funding and mentoring received from DairyNZ was crucial to my success at university.
Future plans: I plan to stay with Ballance Agri-Nutrients in the nutrient specialist role for 3-4 years before looking to move up within the company if possible. I would also like to do some travel overseas and explore some of the different places and cultures around the globe. Long term I would like to eventually run my own business or farm.