Joanna Foubister, MSc Agricultural Professional Practice

Joanna Foubister, MSc Agricultural Professional Practice (Pass with Merit) – Aberdeen, via distance learning

Joanna has returned to Orkney after completing her MSc.

“The diversity of subjects covered by the course appealed to me as it was well-rounded and relevant to the industry and my future ambitions to work within that.”

Having grown up on a farm on Orkney, Joanna Foubister always had an interest in agriculture.

After studying Management with Marketing at Robert Gordon University, she decided she wanted to focus on agriculture as a career and chose to undertake an MSc Agricultural Professional Practice at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

“The course is aimed at professionals within the agricultural sector,” she said. “There is a lot more to the agricultural industry than the farmers in the field and the industry as a whole needs the combination to operate.

“The diversity of subjects covered by the course appealed to me as it was well-rounded and relevant to the industry and my future ambitions to work within that. There are mandatory modules as well as chosen subjects which meant that I knew I could specialise in certain areas.”

The course is run via distance learning from SRUC Aberdeen, and as she was living in Aberdeenshire at the time, Joanna was able to take advantage of the facilities, and in her final year, carry out her crop trials on campus and at SRUC field trial sites nearby.

The distance learning aspect also meant she could carry on working to fund the course.

During her time at SRUC, Joanna was regional events manager with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) where she was involved with the award-winning ‘Are Ewe ok?’ campaign.

She also worked as a trainee consultant with SAC Consulting – part of SRUC, before moving back to Orkney to work as a Marketing Coordinator with the Northvet Veterinary Group.

She is now focused on her career and hopes to reap from the knowledge and experience of living and working within the agricultural industry.

 

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