This last week I have considered my education and the privilege it is to have it. Amy Hempel said: “There’s no such thing as luck – luck is where preparation meets opportunity.” However, if I can’t call it luck, I will say I was lucky with the opportunity to get the education that I have received.

The year I put agricultural science on the CAO form, the points for UCD were at an achievable level, and after my undergraduate I got a paid master’s through the Teagasc Walsh Fellowship programme. My old employer thought enough of continuous education to give me a sizable amount of time off to travel and learn through a Nuffield Scholarship and I have also benefited from in-house training throughout my career.