Emily Rowley


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NAME Emily Rowley JOB Membership & Marketing Coordinator COMPANY Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers AGE 27 SALARY* TBC *industry average

What do you do day-to-day in your job?

I am responsible for RABDF Membership including correspondence, renewals and promotions.  Most of my days are spent in the office answering emails, preparing documents for conferences or competitions, and preparing for the next event. I attend meetings across the country, as part of the various projects I work on.  I also attend our Farm Walks & Open Days, which can be anywhere across the UK.

As part of my role, I organise four technical seminar areas at the Livestock Event and our own RABDF stand.   I have to attend our Farm Walks & Open Days to promote the Association’s work and other events. RABDF runs several awards including the Dairy Student Award, Farm Health Management Awards and the Gold Cup Competition all of which I coordinate.

I also work on additional industry projects and conferences, such as the Fresh Start Dairy Academy, and am responsible for the RABDF website and social media presence.

What qualifications do you have?

I have 9 GCSES (6 As, 3 A*s), 1AS Level (E) 3 A Levels (C, C, D), and a 2:1 BA (Hons) Hispanic Studies, from the University of Sheffield.

What other jobs have you had?

I stumbled into this job as a temp in 2010. Originally, I started processing ticket orders and my role has grown over the last three years. After leaving university, I travelled for 6 months, trained as a TEFL teacher and did various temping jobs.

What other jobs or career path did you consider?

With a degree in languages, I considered careers in teaching and translation. The job market was very tough when I left university, I was lucky to be in constant employment, even though I spent many hours working in call centres!

I never considered a career in agriculture, as I don’t have the background and didn’t really imagine there were jobs beyond driving tractors or herding sheep around a field all day.

What do you like most about your job and its challenges?

I really enjoy meeting new people and getting out and about. My job is very challenging and can be stressful in the run up to big events.  However, the feeling of achievement when it all comes together can’t be beaten!

I am very lucky to work within a small, but very committed and passionate, team of people. A good working environment really changes how you feel about your job. There are some more mundane jobs, which can be tedious, but my role is very varied, so I never get bored.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years time, I hope to still be working within agriculture and events, but in a role with more responsibility.

What one piece of advice would you give people trying to get into the farming and food industry?

Grasp opportunities, as you never know where it will lead or who you will meet.

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