A Day in the Life with Claudia Bayley
For our Day in the Life feature this month, we caught up with Claudia Bayley – Agriculture Lecturer and Cheshire YFC ChairLady:
What’s your typical morning routine?
I’m not a morning person so try to get my bags and anything I need for the day sorted the night before, that way I can stay in bed for as long as possible! It usually takes me 45 minutes to an hour to get to work so I listen to Greg James on Radio 1 to wake me up on the way. Lessons start at 9am so I aim to be in the office for 8am so I have time to read my emails, send any messages to students or parents which I need to and also eat my breakfast and have my first cup of tea. Once lessons start, I don’t really stop until lunch time so that first cup of tea is very important.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Always running late.
What’s the first thing you look at in the morning on your phone?
It’s usually the BBC Sounds app. I listen to the radio while I’m getting ready. I sometimes have time for a scroll through Instagram too although that usually then makes me late!
What do you do in your job?
I’m a lecturer and Course Manager in Agriculture at Reaseheath College in Nantwich. This means I teach but also manage a course of students throughout the year. I mostly teach Business Management and Planning but also Farm Habitat Management and additional qualifications such as Health and Safety and Safe use of Veterinary Medicine. I really enjoy teaching however my favourite part of the role is the course management. I get the pleasure of seeing a group of students from the beginning of their course in September all the way through to when they complete the course in June and walk across the stage at the awards ceremony. It gives you a real sense of achievement.
What one key challenge have you had in your career, and how did you overcome it?
When I first began course managing, I felt I needed to know everything and have all the answers all the time. This got rather exhausting after a while and hard to keep up with. I overcame this by asking for help. I thought I was admitting defeat and showing weakness but in actual fact it made me a better teacher and lifted the weight off my shoulders. I also then started to enjoy my job more.
Best piece of advice you would give to an aspiring youngster wanting to get into the industry?
This isn’t something I had ever imagined myself doing when I was younger. I stumbled across the job and liked the sound of it but didn’t think I was qualified. I was persuaded to apply and have never looked back. So, my advice would be don’t be afraid to apply, you never know what the result might be and you can always learn from the application process. Just be confident of your own skills and qualities.
Your favourite thing to do when not working?
Anyone who knows me will know that I will do anything to do with young farmers! Whether it’s a social at the Swettenham Club, entertainments, water polo or homecraft I’ve given it all a go over the years. Like everyone else I’ve had to find other things to occupy my time while we’ve been in lockdown and I’ve been doing a lot of baking and have also started cycling.
Best business book?
I have to admit, I’ve never been able to finish reading a business book! I do however used the John Nix Farm Management Pocketbook a lot in my Business lessons.
Thank you so much to Claudia for taking part in our ‘Day in the Life’ series. Keep your eyes peeled for our next one in September.