Lincoln graduate tackling international issues

Jemima Snook's interest in agribusiness is literally taking her places.

The graduate accountant at BDO in Christchurch, who graduated last year with a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture), majoring in farm management and accounting, from Lincoln University, was in Brussels recently joining 100 delegates from 49 countries at the 2017 Youth Ag-Summit.

She was selected from 1200 applicants for the event to discuss concrete solutions for agriculture worldwide, particularly global food-security challenges.

Her time at Lincoln may have been an aid to that, as prospective delegates were required to submit an essay of 1500 words on the topic of food insecurity. ``Feeding the world'' is one of the stated themes of Lincoln.

She was also a recipient of a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia while a student, participating in a Lincoln University summer-school trip to Indonesia in 2016 where she gained an understanding of food-security issues in a developing country.

Jemima works in the agribusiness division for BDO. She was first exposed to the agricultural industry through spending her early childhood on a dairy farm, and her passion for it only grew when she came to Lincoln.

She also won a Dairy NZ scholarship to cover her tuition and has never looked back.

The start to her career at BDO began after she attended one of the Accounting and Finance Department's Career Pathway events last year.

``I had an interview with them the next day, followed up with a job offer the next week,'' Jemima said.

She wants to become a qualified chartered accountant, specialising in agribusiness, and contribute to improving the financial, environmental, and social sustainability of the dairy industry.

``I think the agriculture side of my degree has given me a huge advantage in my career. The practical work component, experience in writing reports, and the farm-management papers I studied provided me with skills I use every day in my job. A lot of accounting skills you learn as you work, but the agriculture experience I gained through Lincoln is not something that you can get once you start working in a professional firm.''

In Ministry of Education statistics released recently, Lincoln University bachelor's degree graduate employment rates are consistently the highest among New Zealand universities.

A survey of graduates from the Lincoln class of 2016 found that 93 percent of those employed were in career-related positions.

Chief academic officer and professor of agronomy Bruce McKenzie says the university is very proud of these results and believes both the content and structure of its courses are behind the success. Alongside academic studies, there is a strong emphasis on practical experience and spending time in the industry.

To learn more about studying at Lincoln University, have a chat with the liaison team and they'll help get you sorted. Visit lincoln.ac.nz or call 0800-10-60-10.

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