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Published: 17 May 2022

Ashlea Schott

Ashlea Schott is a graduate of the University of Tasmania's Bachelor of Agricultural Science. This week (16-22 May) during National Careers Week, she is speaking with school students in Hobart to spark excitement about the possibilities for a career in agriculture.

Ashlea completed her Ag Science degree with the University of Tasmania and was the 2017 winner of the Institute Australia National Student Award. She’s now employed as a Production Research Manager at Bejo Australia.

“Working in research means we get to explore new and exciting topics to extend to production. My favourite part of the job is how variable it is; we can be out assessing disease trials in the sun, rearing pollinators in our greenhouses or working on planning and budgets in the office. Sometimes it’s all three in one day,” she said.

Name: Ashlea Schott

What is your job title: Production Research Manager, Bejo Australia

What is the most interesting/exciting part of your job? Working in research means we get to explore new and exciting topics to extend to production. My favourite part of the job is how variable it is; we can be out assessing disease trials in the sun, rearing pollinators in our greenhouses or working on planning and budgets in the office. Sometimes it’s all three in one day!

You studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania. How has this provided a foundation for your career? The Ag Science degree provided a good overview of the agricultural industry in Tasmania. It has provided me with a foundational knowledge for working in Ag and a strong support base through my lecturers and fellow students.

What advice do you have for students considering a career in agriculture? Go for it! Agriculture is so varied and there is something for everyone. There are opportunities in agronomy, farming, research, microbiology, entomology, pathology, genetics, admin, finance, business, mechanics, engineering, technology development, data analysis and so much more!