Make the Most of Your Summer
Memorial Day weekend is here and with it the start of summer. What are your plans?
While a good GPA and strong course load will look good when you go to apply for your first job, they are not the only thing potential employers will be looking for.
Employers want to hire well-rounded candidates that show true interest in their field. Here are a couple ways you can utilize your time this summer to do just that:
1) Undergraduate Research - Do you have a professor who is working on a large project? Talk to them about interning for them or joining their research team.
2) Intern/Job Shadow - Find an internship in your field of interest. If you don't already have a job lined up consider job shadowing a professional instead. Job shadowing programs have a smaller time commitment and more flexible schedule. Visit our student page to find opportunities near you.
3) Start a New Project - Learning a new skill or starting a side project is a great way to show that you are self-motivated go-getter. This can be as simple as finding a craft project you are passionate about or starting a blog, or as complicated as starting your own side business. Either way it will give you talking points for your next job interview.
4) Volunteer - Volunteering is a great way to develop your leadership skills and learn something new.
5) Join a Professional Organization - Attend networking events for professionals in your field. Networking is the best way to get your foot in the door in an industry. Student Membership at ASFMRA is free so sign-up today!
6) Take a Class - You can't learn too much! Consider taking an extra class at your local university or a professional development class. ASFMRA provides education, ongoing training, networking and advocacy for farm managers, rural appraisers and agricultural consultants. Anyone of these careers can provide you with a great lifestyle and good income, depending upon your years of experience. See our Course Offerings