After two weeks work experience at Cotton Australia head office in Sydney, dairy farmer Naomi Marks from Dorrigo on the NSW North Coast reports on her inner city adventure.
It was the resurgence of Cotton Australia following nearly a decade in drought that encouraged me to consider doing my work experience with CA.
In 2010 I was awarded a Horizon scholarship, sponsored by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation for demonstrating leadership ability, academic excellence and significant community involvement. A part of the scholarship included the opportunity to undertake work experience with an agricultural institution.
Cotton Australia particularly interests me in this period of reinvigoration of public and educational materials. It is a vibrant, modern industry that excites me and I’m keen to get involved and learn more. I’m eager to attain new skills and insights whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the industry and potential career paths to consider when graduating next year.
My two weeks work experience with Cotton Australia follows the completion of my second year of an agribusiness degree with a major in marketing and management at UNE, Armidale.
During my fortnight at CA head office, I’ve learned a lot, particularly about policy and communications, as well as getting the opportunity to take part in meetings covering everything from next year’s Cotton Awards to the new Cotton Australia website.
The Horizon scholarship has allowed me to experience a workplace I’d otherwise not have been able to attend for work experience and after my time with Cotton Australia, I now know that I can really lock in my dream of securing an agribusiness career after graduation.