Meet a BA (Hons) Rural Business Management Graduate
Jennifer Jeffrey graduated with a BA (Hons) Rural Business Management in June 2016. Between 3rd & 4th year, Jennifer gained a 3 month placement with CKD Galbraith which provided her with real hands-on experience, not only shadowing but also assisting with farm valuations and estate management projects. She received positive feedback about her placement and shortly after was offered a full time Graduate Rural Surveyor position in the Edinburgh office.
Jennifer is a true advocate of the Royal Institution of Charter Surveyors (RICS) accreditation that Rural Business Management students can receive upon graduation and is determined to inform others of countless benefits and career opportunities that studying a RICS accredited degree offers to graduates. CKD Galbraith offers a diverse role which involves all manner of tasks and she particularly enjoys spending a lot of time outdoors.
Originally from Peebles, Jennifer grew up in a farming family environment and was keen to work within the Scottish Rural industry. Enjoying Business Management as school, she decided SRUC’s Rural Business Management course combined her love of both aspects and was exactly what she was looking for. The RICS accreditation and the specific set of courses taught as part of that pathway – particularly Rural Surveying and Land Use in 3rd year and Rural Property Valuation in 4th year – made the final years of the Honours degree particularly appealing.
“I soon realised that there were a lot of job opportunities within Rural Chartered Surveying sector and that this course was going to open numerous doors for me. SRUC’s Aberdeen campus was a great place to study with every amenity within reach, it felt like being part of one big family. I stayed in students halls on campus during the entire length of the course and everyone socialised together, which contributed towards having a great student experience“
During her studies at SRUC, Jennifer was involved in a number of case studies, such as visiting the Mackie’s dairy farm and even getting the chance to value a farm in the Cairngorms National Park.
“As part of the course I got the opportunity to take part in the annual study tour and I visited Milan and the surrounding areas. This was an interesting trip where we learned about the social culture and visited vineyards, a vinegar producer and a parmesan cheese maker.”
“After choosing to undertake the RICS accredited pathway while I was still at SRUC and graduating with a RICS accredited degree, I would really like to encourage others to follow this path, as not many realise that this is the only RICS accredited undergraduate course in Scotland. I am now focusing on achieving fully accredited RICS membership, which is obtained by completing a further 2 years of training on the job along with a formal assessment.”