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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
SUCCESSFUL SEARCHING/continued from page 17 owing allows students to see real-life examples of career opportunities for someone in their area of study.” Ansaldo agrees that it’s impor- tant to look beyond the stereotypical jobs that are associated with a major. She said she truly enjoys her job at Bank of the West, but never imag- ined herself in banking. “Your degree isn’t necessarily going to lead you directly to the per- fect job,” Ansaldo said. “I never thought that banking was an option with my major in agricultural busi- ness. But my agricultural education is very beneficial because my under- standing of the agriculture produc- tion cycle allows me to serve my agricultural clients better.” WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Internships or job shadowing can also count as work experience, Ansaldo points out. She said that she was able to apply for jobs that required two or three years of experi- ence because she had gained that experience through her internships. It may not be the experience employ- ers are looking for, but she said it doesn’t hurt to apply. “Hands-on experience is the best asset. The worst thing that can hap- pen is an employer can say no. They can’t say yes if you don’t apply,” Ansaldo said. Although Ansaldo had many internships, she said the job hunt was still stressful. She applied to Cargill, Rabobank, and two differ- SUCCESSFUL SEARCHING RECAP 1. Start early! 2. Take advantage of resources both on and off campus. 3. Use classes, campus organiza- tions, and internships to dis- cover and develop interests. 4. Make industry connections by utilizing professional organiza- tions, attending career fairs, and participating in intern- ships and job shadowing experiences. 5. Know that the search takes time and effort. 18 ent entities with the USDA before she received her USDA internship, which was the first position she took right after college. “Toward the end of my senior year, as the clock started counting- down, I became more and more ner- vous,” she said. “I was doing back- to-back interviews, but wasn’t finding the right fit,” she said. Gazaway said oftentimes stu- dents have to apply to multiple jobs before finding the right one. She said the search takes a lot of time, which can be difficult for students trying to balance school, work, organization involvement and other commit- ments. Gazaway recommends desig- nating a specific amount of time each week to dedicate to job searching. “Be intentional about setting time aside for the job search,” she said. “If a student is not proactive, it will get pushed aside, and then become com- pleting overwhelming.” Although her job hunting process was time consuming, Ansaldo said she learned more about herself and what she wanted to do after every interview. She said job seekers should interview for everything they are interested in because it will con- tribute to their professional develop- ment. But she warns job seekers about applying for jobs they truly do not want. “Aperson shouldn’t apply for a job if they are not passionate about it,” Ansaldo said. “Every employer wants someone who is motivated, and they will be able to hear if a per- son lacks passion or motivation for that position or their organization.” Solie said it’s important for stu- dents to realize when they are not interested in a job, and they should not apply just because it fits with their degree. She said it doesn’t mean they need to change areas of study, but reassessing their interests and career opportunities is a good idea. “When a student hits a wall, they need to brainstorm other avenues that can fit into their area of inter- est,” Solie said. “Sometimes they just need an outside perspective.” WHY YOU SHOULD USE RESOURCES Even if a student hits a dead end in their career search, they should not Career Fairs provide students with a number of opportunities to interact and learn about a variety of companies. abandon or avoid it. Both Solie and Gazaway encounter students who procrastinate their search because they don’t know what they want to do. They also come across pre-vet students who procrastinate because they are embarrassed to admit they didn’t get into vet school. “These situations can be difficult, but there is no reason why students shouldn’t use career services and resources to continue their search,” Gazaway said. “By not engaging in the resources available they are just postponing the inevitable.” Gazaway said OSU students who utilize the campus career services have better confidence in their career decisions and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. “Students who don’t utilize career services typically don’t have a job at graduation,” she said. “Or they are the alums who come back six to 12 months later, not satisfied with their positions.” Gazaway said she can encourage students to utilize career resources, but she can’t make them. She said students need to find their own motivation and take advantage of the resources available to them. “The job search is going to become important to you when are ready for it to become important,” Gazaway said. “But when your search ends with a successful career opportunity, you’ll be happy you made it a priority.”
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