Recent MSc Organic Horticulture graduate Raedi Higgins writes about her experience of the course and her new role with the Organic Trust.
I’ve always had a keen interest in food production and have really enjoyed growing food for myself and my family in the past. So the decision to return to education was certainly prompted when I saw the MSc in Organic Horticulture which was on offer in UCC. I had previously researched and visited a number of colleges and centres, both in Ireland and abroad, which offered courses in organic horticulture as I knew this was the area I would like to work in, I wanted an opportunity to learn and contribute to something positive and sustainable in today’s world.
The course was an excellent experience, one which challenged me greatly and taught me a huge amount
My fellow students and I all came from different backgrounds, with knowledge and experience in a wide range of disciplines. The course is delivered in such a way that I felt encouraged and built on my skills, whilst introducing and furthering my knowledge in areas I was less familiar with. Our lecturers were keen to discuss and debate any questions we came across and to share knowledge and experience with us on a daily basis. This attitude created a very positive and inspiring learning environment which I appreciated greatly.
I have, just recently, started a job with the Organic Trust, one of Irelands Organic certification bodies. My role is in Quality Assurance and administration, my duties now relate to a range of elements within the organic inspection and certification process and overseeing and maintaining the Quality Assurance System of the Organic Trust. I am absolutely delighted to be working for an organisation I have a huge amount of respect for and I look forward to building on such a solid educational experience gained through the MSc. I have no doubt that the MSc in Organic Horticulture was a hugely positive factor in securing my new role.