Stratford Press - 2021-07-21


Beauty therapist converts to farming

The Country

Aspiring beauty therapist Tyla Ireland made the switch after she found her calling in dairy farming. After finishing high school, Ireland pursued a career in beauty therapy, becoming a qualified therapist two years ago. The Waikato woman was excited to turn her passion into what she thought would be a lifelong career. “At school I enjoyed having my nails done and doing my makeup, but what really sparked my interest was the opportunity to make others more confident in their appearance,” she said. “I was excited to start my first job but found there weren’t many opportunities for new graduates. I decided to look at short-term calf-rearing opportunities, which was when I was lucky to be approached for a fulltime position on farm.” Two years on, Ireland is working as a herd manager on a 490-cow dairy farm in Otorohonga, while also studying at Primary ITO to upskill and gain more knowledge in dairy farming. Having been brought up on a dairy farm Tyla knew what it meant to work on farm, but she never realised that it would be her career calling too. “Working on farm is such a great lifestyle. I never get tired of driving through the paddocks and seeing the cows and nature, especially in springtime with new calves running around,” Ireland said. Ireland also won DairyNZ’s Good Boss competition late last year, which called for farmers to tell DairyNZ what a good boss meant to them. From this, Ireland gained some ideas on what having a good boss meant to her. “I think the key trait that makes a good boss is communication. Employees go to work to make a difference, so having a clear vision of what is expected can make a happier workplace,” she said. “Providing mentorship has also been really important for me. My managers have provided the appropriate resources to further my skills, which really helped with my growth and progression on farm. This includes providing feedback on my work and how I could improve in different areas. “Although, I believe that a true good boss is someone that has all of these key traits. They need to be trustworthy, have compassion and be honest. Giving feedback, rewards for good performance and making work fun are also important to me.” Ireland said having a good boss made a big difference to her career change, helping her settle into the new job and lifestyle. “I have been lucky to have had great experiences since starting in the sector. My bosses have all supported my learning and progress, and encouraged me to take on more responsibility,” Ireland said. “Getting up early every morning isn’t always easy, but when you are in a great work environment you don’t even consider snoozing that 4.30am alarm, you are just excited to go and work with your team.”


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