perceptions of agriculture; consider agriculture internships to test drive a career in agricultureBy Shelby LaRose, AgCareers.com Ambassador for the University of Saskatchewan

 

For those individuals who are not involved in agriculture, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of agriculture is farming, ranches and animals. According to a 2013 survey conducted by AgCareers.com, 44% of the general public views agricultural careers as hard work with little pay and 39% feel that little education is needed to pursue an agricultural career.

 

We know that careers in agriculture are not only diverse but rewarding. There is more to it than just farming, ranches and animals. Just like every other industry out there, agriculture cannot run without sales and marketing staff, numerous support staff and those working in the field every single day.

 

This is a very exciting industry to be a part of. Each year, equipment manufacturers are designing new machinery to help farmers work more land, seed companies are working with better technology to increase the viability of seed and environmentalists are working to make sure the land is used in the most sustainable way. And these are not the only sectors found in agriculture. If you are a student still considering career fields, one way to explore the agricultural industry is by participating in an agriculture internship.


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Published on November 3rd, 2015

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by Victoria Price, 2015 AgCareers.com Marketing Intern

 

“A summer is only as productive or unproductive as you make it,” said Megan Grant, a sophomore at the University of Florida (UF). If you aren’t interning, as is typical for many college students during the summer, there are still many options to make your summer productive and beneficial for your future.

 

Work a summer job to save and make money while gaining work experience. Food, retail, summer camps, or any job involving customer service provides valuable skills for any career. People skills will make you stand out as a candidate. Alexandra Steele, a junior at UF, has worked different jobs each summer since high school. “I think they have been very beneficial because even though they haven’t been something that I’d want to make a career out of, these jobs have taught me life skills and good work ethic for the future,” she said. “They helped me narrow down my decisions on my career path.”

 

Take summer classes to get ahead or take some extra time to do well in a challenging course. For students in the STEM field, this is a great option in the summer to focus on courses that would be tougher to balance in the fall or spring. Summer school also allows students to remain active in school organizations and help recruit incoming freshman. Haley Shavemaker, a sophomore at UF, said that she is ahead of schedule with her courses. She can now have a lighter course load for the fall and spring semesters and pursue and enjoy more college activities.


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Published on July 17th, 2015

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Victoria (right) working with our Education and Marketing Manager Ashley Collins.

Victoria (right) working with our Education and Marketing Manager Ashley Collins.


 
by Victoria Price, 2015 AgCareers.com Marketing Intern
 
A mother lets go of her toddler as it takes the first steps into the world by itself, but remains close by to supervise. An employer lets go of the intern’s hand as they take their first steps into the “grown up world” and begin the journey of the career and professional life.
 
As an intern, we are all toddlers taking our first steps by ourselves. We are still needing our parents (mentor) to teach and give us the tools and skills to become a successful experienced professional but to provide those from afar in a supervisory role.
 
Internships are the exciting, dreaded professional development rite of passage every college student and young professional seeks to experience before starting their career. For many interns, it is a time where you get your first taste of the “grown up world” and a chance develop professionally.


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Published on June 18th, 2015

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