Working in a normal 9-5 job was never for me. You get to a point when you realise that there has to be more to life than doing the same thing day in day out. I used to work in insurance and finance. I worked long hours but the money was great. Lunchtime sport, after-work drinks, client functions, business trips away – I lived a nice life! But something was missing. What difference was I making? How was I contributing to society? The more and more I began to ask myself these questions the more and more I began…
Friday, 24 October 2014 11:00

Moments working in Myanmar

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Six months ago I arrived in Myanmar ready for the adventure of getting a livestock research project started, not knowing what to expect really but being prepared with a large wad of US dollars. (I’m not a drug dealer it is just very difficult to get money into Myanmar). In the past six months there have been moments…. moments that I have felt more than I have ever felt before. Moments that have made me want to tear my hair out and in the same day moments of elation as step by step the project has started to take shape.…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:00

Chance meetings

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My study and career path, such that it is having only been working for three years, has followed a series of chance meetings with people and the opportunities they have provided. This suits me as I am not one for planning, mostly because I am never too sure what I want to do until I’m doing it. As an undergraduate student in agricultural science I had not considered international opportunities; I imagined a future in South Australia, where I had grown up on a farm. It was a chance selection of a subject with a great professor in my last…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:00

My Little Secret

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I decided I wanted to be a vet after spending a week in a clinic during year ten work experience. I watched with delight as the veterinarian removed dog’s testicles and pulled out cat’s teeth. I thought this is what I wanted to spend my life doing. Fast forward five years and I was half way through vet school. I can’t remember a specific moment when this happened because I don’t think there was a specific moment; it just kind of crept into my brain subconsciously, gradually. The inconvenient truth had made itself known: I didn’t want my whole career…
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:00

Bananas in the Philippines

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As a graduate officer at ACIAR, I have been involved in developing a project from scoping study to project inception on the destructive disease Fusarium Wilt (FW) in bananas in the Philippines. Originally from a broad acre cereal cropping property in South Australia where the most I knew about bananas was that I enjoyed them on my breakfast, there was a lot to learn about banana agronomy. In the last 6 months I have learnt about the banana industry in both Australia and the Philippines, and also learnt firsthand what ACIAR’s role is in fostering projects which are so significant…
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