Melissa: Why did you choose to work in a dairy field?
Sara: I really liked cows, I was familiar with all aspects of the industry, and it’s where I was and still am most comfortable. Dairy is my passion and I wanted to keep learning more about it.
Melissa: What advice would you have for someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
Sara: Never rule out opportunities or experiences when they come along because everything builds over time. It may not make sense now, but somehow everything fits together. You should follow your passions, but you also need to know what you don’t like and then don’t do it! You find this out by being involved in clubs, organizations, traveling, internships, etc. There is a limited window we all have to explore life, so take full advantage of that! Everything in life is a learning experience – accept your new knowledge, good or bad, and keep moving forward.
Melissa: Is there any other information you would like to share?
Sara: Be educated and keep learning. Pay your dues. We all have to start low and work our way up and it’s really the only way to build credibility. Take chances and risks. Some will work out and others won’t, and do those all those things you always wanted to. There is nothing wrong with changing the direction of your life. You are one person – live for you!
Be sure to read the first article in this series, Exploring careers in dairy science series: Academic specialist.