My RAU experience
I had always wanted to study agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University; their reputation is second to none, they produce some of the best people in the industry, and its employment rate is one of the highest in the country.
I don’t come from an agricultural background, but this wasn’t an issue. The structure of the course meant that we learnt about every aspect of the industry within the first year; taught by lecturers who are experts in their fields. My favourite modules were animal and crop production, and farm business management, as well as the farm visits. The 20-week month work placement in the second year was instrumental; I worked on a mixed estate and gained an understanding of a wide range of farming practices, whilst experiencing first-hand how a farm business is run.
I would highly recommend the RAU to anyone looking to study agriculture at university.
What I gained from the RAU
I now work as an Assistant Farm Business Consultant for Strutt & Parker. The job is incredibly varied, and some of my day-to-day tasks include creating stewardship agreements, using mapping programmes to show cropping plans, purchasing seed, fertilisers and sprays, producing tenancy agreements, letting farm cottages, and managing farm accounts – the list is endless! I would highly recommend the RAU to anyone looking to study agriculture at university.