Introducing Dr. Rateau!

Posted: December 4, 2012

Have you ever wondered where to turn for help in finding an internship, research opportunity, or job? Search no further--Dr. Rateau is here to help!

A new friendly face can be found in 110 Ag Admin building starting this semester! Dr. Richard Rateau has joined the College of Ag Sciences as the new coordinator of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services.

Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Rateau was an instructor in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at Virginia Tech, where he taught undergraduate courses in communications and leadership and was the site director for the Virginia Governor’s School for Agriculture. This second career follows a rewarding 30 years in the poultry and red meat industries, working in various leadership, strategic planning, and management capacities. Following in traditional College of Ag Sciences spirit, Richard enjoys both college football and being outdoors. With his move to Pennsylvania he would like to learn both fly fishing and bow hunting!

The Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services works directly with students and potential employers. Services offered to students include assisting in finding meaningful internships, research opportunities, and employment opportunities.

Personally, I have been working with Dr. Rateau in my own personal job search. I’ve learned better ways to search online for the careers I want to find, as well as how to handle the job search overall. Additionally, the Center assists students with interviewing skills, and resume and cover letter writing. (A very helpful "must do" in preparation for career fairs!) I’ve found that a benefit of this center over the general Penn State Bank of America Career Services is that the help here is specifically guided toward majors within the College of Ag Sciences!

As for Dr. Rateau’s best piece of advice for the job search: “I encourage each student to have open communications with their new boss and other team members. Do not hesitate to ask even simple questions as this shows you are interested in your job and willing to learn.” As a user of the center myself, I’d definitely suggest you make 110 Ag Admin a stop in your job or internship search process!