Friday, 07 December 2018 15:52

Making Opportunities

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In the absence of a fantastically clear career plan (which very few people actually have), what you do for a living and where you work can be the result of taking opportunities as they come, shaping your future one step at a time. However, we all have the chance to make opportunities rather than wait for luck to occur and making your opportunities puts you in the driver’s seat of your career. So how do you turn an interest in international agricultural research into a career?  Let’s outline a pathway to international agricultural research, we will start at an undergraduate…
International Volunteer Day, celebrated each year on December 5, was started by the United Nations (UN) in 1985 to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of volunteers to international development. Each year, the UN sets a theme for the day, and in 2018, it’s "volunteers build resilient communities". As a shining example of the contributions volunteers can make to development, returned Australian volunteer Jenn Learmonth writes about her experience volunteering in Vanuatu. Jenn was on assignment as an Agriculture Extension Officer for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and here she reflects on the highs, lows and learning from her…
Friday, 30 November 2018 13:10

Space + Time + Sleep + Exercise à Excellence in Management + Leadership

Written by Bianca Das
By Bianca Das and David Mcgill We often think about our jobs purely as scientists - ‘crunching the numbers and writing good papers makes us good at our jobs,’ but a critical part of what we do is working with teams, managing people and being a leader (sometimes from very early on in our career). Tied up in doing this well is a medley of additional skills that aren’t necessarily specific to science/agriculture, but are essential to running good projects and producing good science. This message was brought home at the Penang Crawford Fund Leadership and Management Masterclass, in November,…
Thursday, 22 November 2018 13:25

Upskilling... in your spare time... for free!

Written by Jack Hetherington
By Jack Hetherington I have always been interested in how agricultural R&D has spillover benefits or interactions to other areas of international development, such as human health, gender equity, sustainable resource management, etc. However, it can be challenging to get a cohesive and current story about how these go together. Also, having done my university studies focusing on a particular discipline, you don’t always get the fundamental theory and examples of these other areas. Moreover, I am very much the kind of person that needs a bit of structure and some interaction to get me over the line to learn…
Friday, 16 November 2018 13:34

"We are one sweat"

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By Ileana Berezanski A little bit of team bonding, some long work days, a lot of humidity, and a touch of heat stroke & dehydration led to that gem of a quote (perfect for a blog title!). I have loved travelling for a long time and I have grown to love travelling with a purpose. That is why I am so appreciative of the travel opportunities for university students. The 11-day whirlwind trip to Myanmar was fantastic! I loved the country, the people, and especially the work we completed! We were piloting research in association with an ACIAR funded project…
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