Recruiting season for summer internships and full-time jobs is officially underway. The Iowa State University Agriculture Career Fair was held on October 14, 2014. The main goal of this event is for students to correlate with industry representatives about future opportunities within their company.

The agriculture career fair at Iowa State University is the nation’s largest agriculture career fair. This fall there were 268 companies at the career fair. It is a tremendous experience for students to have that many companies in one building. When I was looking at Iowa State’s agriculture college, this information was important to me and helped me make my decision to attend the university. The companies were all related to agriculture, the majority of them were located in the Midwest.

Hundreds of students filed in and out of the career fair from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. looking to fill their dream job or summer internship. I talked with about 10 companies regarding full-time positions. Depending on a company’s preference, some hold interviews the same week of career fair and some wait. Patience is a key quality to remember when searching for jobs. 

It is important for students to acquire internships throughout college to build their resume for their senior year. If their resume has a variety of experiences it will help assist students in finding a job that fits their expertise. It is also important to stay active on campus through clubs, organizations and events. This will also help build a resume.

Career fairs offer a variety of opportunities. Considering there are 268 companies to choose from, there is bound to be something for everyone. Common internship and entry-level job positions include sales, crop scouting, agronomy, marketing, communications, research, human resources, merchandising, accounting, and finance.

I have acquired numerous opportunities through taking the time to research and prepare for Iowa State’s agriculture career fair. I strongly encourage any college student to take the time to research companies and attend their related career fair. The opportunities will allow the job search to be much easier.

Kayla Degner was born and raised in rural Lytton, IA on a diversified grain and livestock family farm. She graduated from Rockwell City-Lytton in May 2012 and currently attends Iowa State University studying Agricultural Communications. Her past involved many agriculture venues. Kayla has a strong interest in advocating to the youth involved in agriculture.

Contact her at [email protected].