From a High to Down Under
Rural Business Management graduate Zoë Wilson is heading Down Under after the high of graduating against the odds.
Zoë graduated with a 2:1 honours degree from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen despite contracting E. coli in her second year and the infection C. difficile, following antibiotics treatment for tonsillitis, in her final year.
The 23-year-old, who grew up between Glasgow and Tiree, has now been offered the opportunity to work alongside a vet in New Zealand. She then plans to travel to Australia and Tasmania to do ranch work.
Zoë originally enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study Geography, Gaelic and Business, but switched to a Rural Business Management course at SRUC because it allowed her to combine her passions for agriculture and horse riding with her interest in business studies.
She completed her degree despite missing four weeks of study in her second year after contracting E. coli while lambing, and nine weeks in her last year after getting C. difficile – an infection which can affect people who have been treated with antibiotics.
She was offered a full-time graduate sales position with drinks company Edrington–Beam Suntory after being shortlisted for a Star Marketing Student Award sponsored by the company, but decided to travel instead.
Zoë’s long-term ambition is to set up her own business, but in the short-term, she hopes to work internationally and broaden her horsemanship skills to incorporate on her home farm.