Agriculture is the course for Ailish after thorough research

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'It gives you an opportunity to study important science modules that help broaden your knowledge in the agricultural sector, alongside business modules that can be used to run both the family farm or bring forward knowledge that may be useful in future aspects of a career in Agricultural businesses'

'It gives you an opportunity to study important science modules that help broaden your knowledge in the agricultural sector, alongside business modules that can be used to run both the family farm or bring forward knowledge that may be useful in future aspects of a career in Agricultural businesses'

Agriculture course offered Ailish the practical and theoretical sides of the agricultural sector, also giving her the opportunity to continue her studies

Ailish Osbourne, from Kildare, always knew she wanted to pursue a career in Agriculture. After intensively researching different courses and with a little help from her teachers, a trip to WIT's Open Day confirmed that the BSc in Agriculture was the course for her.

Time at WIT     

2016 - Present.

Entry route into WIT           

CAO - Direct from secondary school.

Name of most recent course?          

Currently studying Honours Degree in Land Management.

Additional courses you studied at WIT?     

BSC in Agriculture.

On which campus are you based?             

Main Campus on the Cork Road.

Secondary School you attended      

St Leos College, Carlow.

Hometown

Kilkea, Castledermot.

About me:       

From a beef and tillage farm just outside Castledermot in Co. Kildare. During my time in Waterford IT, I was lucky enough to be awarded a bursary sponsored by the Irish Farmers Journal, Agricultural Science Association and Glanbia to travel overseas to New Zealand to experience farming at a much larger scale.

What attracted you to study at Waterford Institute of Technology?            

The small and close-knit community in Waterford IT was very clear to see when I was travelling to all the different open days in 6th year in school. Although Waterford was a big change from school and numbers of students were much larger, courses still remained relatively small and this leads me to believe that it would be easier to get closer to both students and lecturers, and this was certainly the case.

Did you always know this was the course you wanted to do?

During my time in school, I was always aware that I would like to further my studies in the Agricultural sector, however, I wasn't sure what course to apply myself too. During 6th year, teachers make it their business to ensure that you are constantly looking into courses for further study. Once I started investigating all the different courses, I wasn't long coming to the realisation that the BSC in Agriculture was certainly the course for me. I was always interested in working on our home farm in my spare time and I knew that the course could offer me both the practical and theoretical side of the agricultural sector with the chance to also continue my studies with an Honours degree in Land Management, which I am currently completing.

What words of advice do you have for new students?

My advice to any students thinking of coming to Waterford to study is very simple. Study something that interests you. If you enjoy studying and learning new things about something that interests you, college is a very enjoyable place to be. You are surrounded by people that have similar interests to you and you are perusing a career that really interests you. Getting involved in additional activities also helps to broaden your circle of friends and gives you different outlets outside college hours.

What have been the highlights of your college experience?     

There have been numerous highlights during my time spent studying in Waterford IT. I have made lots of new friends with similar interests to myself and these are friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime. My work experience abroad was certainly a big eye-opener and it gave me the opportunity to work on a large scale farm that required good farm management skills and financial control, which perhaps could be brought home to many farms in Ireland. I hope to stay in contact with my placement contacts and perhaps travel back sometime in the future. It has given me a wonderful opportunity to travel the world and allow me to work in a sector that I hope to work in the future, whether that is working in an agricultural-based business or running the family farm.

What do you like about Waterford as a city to live/study in?  

Waterford has been a great place to live in during the time I have spent studying. Its a really sociable place to work and study in and great places to socialise with other students. I have lived down in Waterford since the beginning of my studies and I believe that it has made me a much more confident, competent and social person and definitely gives you freedom and independence to help with later in life.

How did placement add to your college experience?  

Work placement was certainly one of the highlights of my time spent studying in Waterford. It gave me a fantastic opportunity to travel overseas to New Zealand. It was certainly a big eye-opener and it really broadened my knowledge on the scale of farms operated over there and the incredible amount of money invested in such large businesses. It gave me the opportunity to manage different sectors of the day to day running of the farm and the credit-control and planning required to run a highly successful business.

Anything you'd like to add? 

For anybody interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, and perhaps are not as interested in studying as much science as what is involved in the Agricultural Science course, the BSC in Agriculture course is certainly a course that you should investigate. It gives you an opportunity to study important science modules that help broaden your knowledge in the agricultural sector, alongside business modules that can be used to run both the family farm or bring forward knowledge that may be useful in future aspects of a career in Agricultural businesses.

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Land Management in Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in  Agriculture

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