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NATION’S LARGEST: ISU College of Ag’s annual Career Day each fall is well-attended. It’s the nation’s largest job fair for ag students, with many companies, agencies and other potential employers represented.

ISU’s annual Ag Career Day Oct. 17

Students will explore careers in agriculture and life sciences at job fair.

There is plenty of interest in recruiting at Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day Oct. 17 despite the current economic downturn in the agriculture sector, says the organizer of the annual job fair.

“Visiting with several of my peers at other land-grant universities, most job fairs are down in attendance this year driven by economic conditions, mergers and such,” says Mike Gaul, director of Career Services at ISU’s College of Ag and Life Sciences. “Regardless, the entry-level opportunities for students who are in agriculture and life sciences remain very strong and the large turnout of employers reinforces our students are held in high regards.”

Students meet recruiters
The Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lied Recreation Athletic Facility at 518 Beach Road on the Iowa State campus at Ames. The job fair is free and open to the public.

Gaul says the number of organizations scheduled to participate is close to the 262 that were recruiting last year. Go online for a list of organizations recruiting at the event.

Many recruiters will arrive the evening before for a record number of departmental recruitment events, and more will stay an extra day to conduct on-campus interviews. Gaul says the day after the job fair is typically the busiest interview day of the year, with more than 860 interviews taking place last year.

ISU Women in Ag’s Leadership Conference
In other ag-related news announced by ISU last week, the ISU Extension “Women in Agriculture” program will hold its annual leadership conference Nov. 27-28 at Ames. Any women who are interested in agriculture are welcome to attend.

“Whether you want to be an active leader within your farm family, create the agribusiness career path of your dreams, or influence local agricultural boards and committees, this conference will have something for you,” says Madeline Schultz, ISU Women in Ag program manager. “The event will bring women together for inspiration, informal mentoring, new ideas and expanded skill sets around leadership.”

She adds, “As we continue to grow the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, we want to offer activities that are unique in our state, take advantage of university expertise, and support the community of women in agriculture.”

The main leadership conference takes place Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ames. In addition, workshops will be offered Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. These three-hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development.

Source: Iowa State University


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