Earlier this year I was approached to film a video for job farm Scotland to showcase a ‘day in the life’ of a PhD research student. Job farm is an initiative set up by the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland’s presidential team 2018. The project aims to make young people aware of the wide range of careers and jobs in agriculture, food industries, science and rural businesses. Job farm provides information on different roles within rural careers and offers work experience with a range of agricultural and rural employers.
A team of two film makers visited Moredun for the day to shoot the video. They began by interviewing me about my job, my day-to-day role and discussed the challenging and rewarding aspects of research science. They spent the rest of the day filming me working in the lab and interacting with other scientist. Being filmed was a daunting process at first but we had fun with it throughout the day. Having benefited from taking part in a work experience placement myself, I was keen to take part in the initiative. Agricultural science may not be the most obvious path to follow from a degree in infectious diseases but I find it engaging and enjoy the challenges that livestock industry brings. Hopefully the short video that I have contributed to the project will encourage future young people explore the opportunities available in our industry. The videos were showcased at the Royal Highland Show during the summer and are hosted on the Job Farm website; www.jobfarm.org.