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Agrimarketing : Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08
Agricultural Equipment Dealerships — The Right Career is Waiting for You! near her childhood home to pursue an exciting career in a dynamic business serving agricultural interests.Even though Mom,Dad and the school counselor advised going to the “big city”to find suc- cess, this excellent student has found fulfillment in a rural community — away from traffic congestion and high prices.Could this be a scene from the “Twilight Zone”? In fact,this is happening every day in communities throughout the coun- try — in agricultural equipment dealer- ships. Gone are the quaint shops that serve only the local farmcommunity — replaced by multi-store operations employing hundreds of people. These companies are in need of bright,capa- ble people with degrees in general business,accounting,marketing,infor- mation technology,agribusiness man- agement and other related fields. According to Kelly Mathison, a part- ner in a Manitoban six store John Deere dealership,“We used to rely on “farm kids”for employees but that is not the case anymore. Now we offer scholarships and specific training opportunities to attract youth. We also offer tuition or student loan reimbursement plans to young employees who make a commit- ment to our dealerships. When it comes to long termopportunities for your future,ag dealerships offer great potential.” Kelly Mathison The most successful equipment dealerships are known for providing great service to their customers, treat- ing clients and employees with honesty 22 YOU CAN GO HOME A recent college graduate returns to a community CWEDA AT A GLANCE Countryside Equipment, Brandon, Manitoba and integrity and enabling their team to growwith the company.Dealerships offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits,many offering the potential for increased earnings through commis- sions, profit sharing and stock owner- ship opportunities. Carrie McLaren,HR Manager for Rocky Mountain Dealerships— a multi-branch company consisting of 13 construction and agricultural equip- ment dealerships in Alberta,told us “ag equipment dealerships provide excel- lent career opportunities and growth potential for young people. We support continuous education and training and our multi-branch dealership model pro- vides numerous opportunities through- out Alberta.From heavy equipment technician and parts apprenticeships to careers in sales and management, acquiring and mentoring young gradu- ates is essential to the growth and sus- tainability of this exciting,challenging and rapidly changing industry.” If you are talented,enthusiastic and committed to finding a bright,exciting career,consider a position in an agricul- tural equipment dealership.Like so many industries,the agricultural equip- ment industry is rapidly changing — computer technology is a standard part of business and Global Positioning Sys- tems (GPS),yield monitoring systems and other high-tech solutions are becoming an increasing part of the landscape. With constantly evolving dealerships and equipment,working in an agricultural equipment dealership is never boring! CWEDA is a trade association serving more than 420 farm, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. We provide products and services to dealerships includ- ing industry and manufacturer relations,industry intelligence and business support. If small-town values with big city benefits appeal to you,explore the opportunities available through equipment dealerships. Many advertise their positions on AgCareers.com through their affil- iation with CWEDA. Web site: www.cweda.ca Positions Available: For a complete listing of available positions,visit www.agcareers.com and search “Canada West Equipment Dealers Association.” Scholarships: CWEDA’s annual scholarship program assists dealership employees in completing ag related training. When choosing a career and an employer,consider the advice of Kelly Mathison,a Manitoban John Deere dealer: “My advice to young people is to keep an open mind.In the long run,most peo- ple want to be able to grow,learn, be part of a team and have a sense of accomplishment. Ag dealer- ships offer that and more.”