Down on the farm

Many people contemplating a future in agriculture believe they must be a farmer. But that’s not the case. Agriculture supports 1.6 million Australian jobs with more than 80 per cent of careers in the sector found beyond the farm gate.

Students from St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton know all about this.

Twenty-five Year 9 and 10 Agriculture students from St Catherine’s put their dreams into action while participating in the 2019 National AgDay Careers Competition.

Open to students across Australia, this competition invites Agriculture students to imagine a career in agriculture and uses Lego characters to demonstrate ways of turning this passion to profit.

Working individually and in pairs, St Catherine’s students entered the competition finding careers such as a contract musterer, cattle buyer for supermarkets, animal geneticist, crop scientist, station mechanic, horse stud vet and zoologist for wild dog control.

Students had to use existing Lego characters or create their own to develop a career pathway in agriculture that combined their passions and strengths. They also had to identify the university or TAFE pathways that would allow them to follow their identified career in agriculture.

“Students had to put together a ‘Day in the Life’ of a person working in their chosen career, as well as a PowerPoint slide with some personal information, and their Lego character.

“The agricultural industry offers many important and well-paid jobs post-school. These range from on-farm positions, to many that are now city-based,” said teacher, Joanna Towers.

“We need to feed a projected nine billion people around the world by 2050, and agriculture will need to produce more, from a shrinking resource base. It’s estimated Australia needs 2000 agriculture graduates per year to continue to drive agriculture forward.”

To find out more about the competition and agriculture as a career, click here.

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Gabrielle Sutherland

Gabrielle Sutherland is a Marketing & Communications Officer for the Catholic Schools Office and a regular contributor to and Aurora.