More than Conventional Opportunities
Eight of EKUs Agriculture Ambassadors joined 64,000 others in Indianapolis for a weekend full of career networking and program recruitment at the FFA Convention held October 24-26. Students hosted a booth at the convention, representing the Agriculture program here at EKU.
- Kelly Armour, Senior, Agriculture Education from Butler
- McKaylan Drach, Sophomore, Agribusiness Management from Stow, Oh.
- Jenna Fenwick, Sophomore, Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Louisville
- Danielle Milbern, Senior, Agribusiness Management from Lexington
- Morgan Munsey, Sophomore, Agribusiness Management from Monticello
- Jessica Robinson, Senior, Horticulture/Fruit and Vegetable Production from Harrodsburg
- Taylor Sparks, Sophomore, Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Louisville
- Bailey Wert, Sophomore, Agribusiness Management from Alexandria
The convention was a mix of companies recruiting employees and college programs hoping to find future students. One of the Ambassadors, Jessica Robinson, took advantage of the opportunity and networked, leaving the convention with a job offer.
Jessica is a Horticulture major with a concentration in Fruit and Vegetable Production. She graduates this December and hopes to use her degree in sales which, she hopes, will allow her to travel.
Jessica complemented all the Ag Ambassadors on the great work they did recruiting and getting people excited about the program here at EKU. She also complemented advisor Dr. Mike McDermott, who attended the convention with the Ambassadors, on his mentoring and professionalism, becoming a great role model for his students.
The Agriculture department presents many opportunities to its students including hands-on learning at both the running farm and the efficient greenhouse. Jessica capitalized on these advantages and took her experience to potential employers. This has allowed her to express her personal experience when questioned about her abilities and qualifications by potential employers. This was one of the many things that helped her to obtain a job offer from Davey Tree Company at the FFA Convention.
By using any open time in the busy schedule that weekend to network herself, Jessica pursued every opportunity. She took hard copies of her resume to employer’s booths, introduced herself and impressed many. She did not stop that weekend, however. She took business cards that interested her and followed up with all the different companies in the following days.
Great communication skills are everything. Jessica shined through the convention, and drew the interest of leading agriculture sales company Cargill. The company employs over 150,000 people and has received 500 applicants, including Jessica. She has followed through the interview process and is currently in the top 25 applicants qualified for the position. Jessica has also received an interview opportunities before graduation with another company, Farmtek.
Jessica chose EKU not only because it was close to home, but because of the home-like atmosphere here in Richmond and on the campus. She emphasized that her choice has proven to be the best for because of hands-on opportunities and relationships she has created with her professors. She appreciates their encouraging manner, personal interest, and the extra time taken to help prepare her to succeed in her professional future.
Photo caption: (front from left) McKaylan Drach, Bailey Wert, and Taylor Sparks; (back) Danielle Milbern, Emily Osborne, Kelly Armour, Morgan Munsey, and Jessica Robinson
Published on November 07, 2017