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Agrimarketing : Career Supplement USA
34 AGRIBUSINESS EMPLOYER GUIDE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Mesa, AZ Contact Name/Title: Graduate Advisor Contact Phone: 480/727-1287 Contact E-mail: morrisonschool@ asu.edu Dept. Web Site: http://morrison.asu. edu/msma/ Programs Offered: Advanced degree that includes work in management, sales, product marketing/ management, market research, com- munications, economics, and other skills necessary to provide and/or purchasing and handling of products/services to/from crop/ livestock producers. CAL POLY STATE UNIVERSITY Location: San Luis Obispo, CA Contact Name/Title: Jim Ahern, AGB Graduate Coordinator Contact Phone: 805/756-5030 Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dept. Web Site: http://www.cafes. calpoly.edu/DepartmentsAndMajor s/graduatePrograms/ProgramsOfSt udy.asp Programs Offered: MBA with a specialization in Agribusiness and M.S. Agribusiness. Designed to enhance the agribusiness manage- ment, commodity marketing, and technical skills of graduate students with interests in international and domestic agribusiness. Prerequisites: Bachelor 's degree with coursework in intermediate microeconomics, macro- economics, statistics, and calculus or business calculus. COLORADO STATE --- AG ED Location: Fort Collins, CO Contact Name/Title: Dennis Lamm Contact Phone: 970/491-2074 Contact E-mail: dennis.lamm@ colostate.edu Dept. Web Site: www.learn.colostate. edu/degrees Programs Offered: Western Center for Integrated Resource Management Master of Agriculture. The Western Center for Integrated Resource Management (WCIRM) Master of Agriculture Program affords it stu- dents a unique opportunity to com- bine classroom training with abun- dant hands-on, problem-solving experiences. Through a modular format, students complete one two- week intensive course before another begins. Classes meet every day, eight hours a day, and combines traditional blackboard discussions with abundant hands-on, problem- solving experiences working with faculty and highly regarded resource managers in the field. ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY Location: Normal, IL Contact Name/Title: J. Randy Winter Contact Phone: 309/438-3563 Contact E-mail: email@example.com Dept. Web Site: http://www. agriculture.ilstu.edu/graduate/ Programs Offered: The Agribusiness Sequence is designed to advance stu- dents' knowledge of the theories of agribusiness management and the science of agricultural production and their application to decisions made by agribusiness managers. The academic content at this sequence concentrates on agricul- tural economics and business management subjects. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Editor's Note: Time to rethink your career direction? Feel as if it's time to bolster your educational background in order to make yourself more marketable? Agri Marketing magazine and AgCareers.com have compiled a list of universities offering advanced education focused on agribusiness management or agriculture economics. THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN THINKING ABOUT ONLINE EDUCATION In these tough economic times, many students are considering staying in school for an advanced degree or picking up some extra online courses while working. If you find yourself pondering the thought of online education, here are a few things you may want to ask yourself: Can I handle the workload? Especially if you're working at the same time. Taking on one or two classes at night can feel like you're working two jobs. If you just finished one degree are you ready to work on another one? Maybe you're not ready for the working world? What type of extracurricular activities are you involved in, and how much time do they take up in your week? Can I afford this? If not you'll want to check into scholarship oppor- tunities or maybe work a few years to save up the money to pay for extra degrees. Or you could talk to potential employers about tuition reim- bursement programs their company offers. What's the return I expect to get from this investment? What will picking up an extra degree earn you? Maybe its personal gratification, maybe it's so you can start in a higher ranking position or get a promotion, maybe it's a salary raise or because you think the degree will help you get a higher starting salary. Be sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Would it be wiser to work first or continue your education? What's the value you place on work experience? Depending on the type of program you're considering, a few years in the working world may give you the training you need to be more successful in classes. Or maybe you won't be qualified for the position you want until you get the advanced education.