If you are still wondering why you should attend the 2015 AgCareers.com Ag & Food HR Roundtable, here are 10 great reasons to attend.
1. This is the events 13th year and offers the most unique and rewarding peer networking experience available in the agriculture and food industries. Click here to see the companies that participated last year.
2. A cost effective way to accomplish college recruiting initiatives in one location by networking between industry and key college/university professionals. See who is already registered for this year’s Roundtable.
3. An excellent opportunity to gain industry knowledge outside of your specific industry sector – not all human resource professionals have an agriculture background, so this event is helpful to gain insight into the industry as a whole.
4. Relevant content around topics suggested by past participants and requested specifically by a committee of industry HR leaders and university representatives. Click here to see this year’s Organizing Committee.
There are varying levels of appreciation for professional development — some are ecstatic about the opportunity to learn while others sigh with dread. The truth is that those who dislike the thought of professional development may only be looking at the opportunity at face value. Of course the key of professional development is to learn. However, there are many other facets to be gained by participating in professional development that often go unrecognized.
Here are eight underlying benefits gained beyond building knowledge:
Memorial Day has come and gone for another year, yet remembering and honoring those who have served in our country’s armed forces should not be a single day event. Traditionally, this U.S. holiday has been a day to remember those who have died while serving the country, however it also provides the perfect reminder to honor service members and veterans still here.
One way we can do this is to help military men and women transfer back into their civilian life after deployments and/or service. As agricultural employers we have a great solution to assist — job opportunities!
Our preconceived notions often stereotype service member experience into things such as mechanical or other skilled trade expertise. While many do have these critical areas of expertise, this talent pipeline brings so much more to the table. Did you know, the military has over 7,000 job positions across more than 100+ functional areas and 81% of these jobs have a direct civilian equivalent?1
There are also many transferrable skills gained by serving in the military that service members often struggle to articulate. Here are just a few skills that we as agricultural employers want within our organizations that many veterans possess thanks to their service1: