CSU Live Testimonial

Sam Holmes

Sam Holmes
Master of Agricultural Business Management

“I was looking to continue studying, and was going to enrol in a MBA. However once I saw this specialisation for agricultural business management that CSU offered, I knew that was the path I wanted to go down. I studied my undergraduate degree on campus at CSU and found the support for the course to be very valuable.

“I knew that studying the Master of Agricultural Business Management online I would have the support and tools required to successfully learn and grow my knowledge. The support with online education and the agriculture courses provided makes CSU unique.

“The final subject Agribusiness Planning involved creating a business plan for a new or existing business. This subject allowed me to see where my strengths and weaknesses lay. Throughout the year I had the chance to work on my weaknesses, and was constantly encouraged by my mentor which helped me to continue on.

“My CSU degree has resulted in my current role as Business Management advisor and GEA: Software support at Ferncliff Pastoral Company. The role assists in future business developments and the strategic direction of the farm business.

“The course has helped me to improve on my experience with financial forecasting, risk assessment and strategic planning. The final subject of the course agribusiness planning allowed me to develop a five-year business plan that is now being implemented into the business.

“With GEA, I work with farmers supporting them with technology adoption on farm. The course has provided me with better understanding of the planning behind financial investments in technology, as well as allowing me to improve my communication skills and ability to work with minimal direction.  

“The dairy industry is always changing and growing and it is very exciting to be starting out in the industry and being a part of the change. There will always be challenges and stressful times but nothing beats the feeling of overcoming those hurdles and moving forward.
“Enjoy the experience of being a student and having the opportunity to learn. Never be afraid to ask for help, and try not to stress out too much!”