Ag Alumni Expand Ag Career Day Horizons

Jena Sigel '14 ANSCI representing Country View Family Farms at Ag Career Day, where students could learn more about what employers are looking for in job candidates. Photo by Jennifer Bair.

Helping students is an important part of the Ag Alumni Society’s mission. Alumni engagement in Ag Career Day shows how that engagement helps.

More than 900 students and nearly 140 employers—44 percent of whom were alumni of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences—attended Ag Career Day in October.  According to Richard Rateau, director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services, one of the goals of the annual event is to help students connect with employers that may be able to offer them jobs or internships.

“From national data we know that internships lead to job offers,” he said. “Over 50 percent of students who complete an internship also receive a job offer for permanent employment.”

But more important, Rateau said, Ag Career Day helps students—including freshmen—explore the wide range of opportunities available to them.

“Often students are unaware of the vast breadth of opportunities their Penn State degree opens for them,” he said. “The event is a powerful networking opportunity for students to meet potential employers. It allows them to gain a better understanding of various job possibilities, as well as any specific requirements employers may have leading to a job offer.”

—Sara LaJeunesse