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Career Advisers Learn About Rural Sector Job Opportunities

Published Wednesday, 13th November 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Oatridge Careers event

A recent gathering of more than 30 teachers and Skills Development Scotland career advisors at our Oatridge Campus heard about the numerous possibilities offered to students across SRUC.

It was an opportunity to explain what is on offer locally and how the new SRUC structure widens the possibilities for students.

Emilia Barrero, Marketing Officer at the campus, said: “Some of the subjects at Oatridge are still unknown to a great majority of the public but they offer great possibilities for future jobs or careers. For teachers and careers advisors events like these help them keep informed of the many courses and careers their students can embark upon.”

While Oatridge offers courses that are fairly well known to locals such as agriculture, animal care and horse care, we also offer some less well known educational opportunities such as horticulture, countryside management and activity tourism. The future careers these subjects can open up are sometimes surprising.

The event also touched on the wider picture. Des Martin, SRUC Learning Resources Manager, explained the progression opportunities across the organisation, as students can now begin their education by studying for an NC or an HNC and could complete it with a PhD. It is only since the merger that students could go on such an educational journey with Scotland’s Rural College.

Emilia said: “While many students will get what they need to move forward in their careers with a HNC, or an HND, there are some who will want to then study for a degree, and then perhaps a postgraduate qualification. We want prospective students to know that we can and will support them however far they want to go.”

The event proved to be popular with delegates feeling it was a useful day. One commented: “I was really grateful to go on the visit and feel I got a lot from it that I can pass onto my students”.

An Open day for prospective students is planned at SRUC Oatridge Campus on Friday 22 November 1.30-4.00pm.

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