The way to a beefy career
IN TWO weeks, former Warwick High School student Emma Thompson will pull on her jeans and lace her boots as she sets off to the Northern Territory for five weeks of hard work.
Based at Alexandria Station, Emma, 17, will muster, brand and castrate cattle and do general farm duties in a bid to prove herself worthy for a bursary from the North Australian Pastoral Company to help fund her college fees.
Emma is studying her Certificate I to IV in rural operations and beef production at the Emerald Agriculture College, and on returning from her five week trip, will begin her Diploma of Agriculture with an emphasis on beef production.
Emma said she was thrilled with how far she had advanced since school, but couldn't have done it without the support of her town.
"The community of Warwick is really good and helps out young people so much," she said.
"I think the foundation of any young person's career has to be through school and without Warwick High I would not be where I am now.
"I never lived on a property so school provided me with the opportunities through their agriculture departments."
With her sights set on becoming an embryo technician, Emma has her career path paved and ready to follow.
"I'm looking at opening a business trimming cattle's feet and ultimately own my own insemination and pregnancy business, then after that go to university to become an embryo technician," she said.
"So many studs are screaming out for technicians."
Since being at college, Emma said she had grown up and experienced what real life was all about.
"With leaving home and going 10 hours away and having to step up, I now know what it's like to live out of home and to grow up," she said.
Emma said she was proud when she saw the current WSHS students at Beef Week in Rockhampton earlier this year, and felt privileged to show them what life could bring post-school.
"It just shows what can happen if you put your mind to it," she said.