College of Agriculture Career Fairs

The College of Agriculture hosts a career fair every fall and spring semester. Over 150 companies attend the fall career fair, providing students and alumni with the opportunity to learn about their organizations, submit resumes and interview for permanent or internship positions. The Career Fair is not just for graduating seniors, it is also for first year students, sophomores and juniors who are exploring career paths or internship opportunities.  The Career Fair is a great way to explore careers, pick-up company information, ask questions, and network with future employers.
 
In the FALL, the day before the Career Fair, mark your calendars to attend the Resume Blitz held in AGAD 121, the Student Commons from 11 am to 3 pm.  Company representatives will be on hand to critique your resume.  The evening prior to the Fall Career Fair, we host an Employer Panel Discussion. This is an open dialogue with 8 company representatives. They disclose important information about attending the Career Fair and make you more marketable.  A networking session follows the panel.

 

 College of Agriculture Career Fairs

  • College of Agriculture Fall Resume Blitz, Monday, October 3, 2016, 11:00 am to 3:00 PM, AGAD Student Commons.
  • College of Agriculture Fall Employer Panel, Monday, October 3, 2016, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, PFEN 241, Dean's Auditorium.
  • College of Agriculture Fall Career Fair - Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Cordova Recreational Sports Center.
  • College of Agriculture Spring Career Fair - Wednesday, February 8, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Cordova Recreational Sports Center.
  • CAREER FAIR SPOTLIGHTS
    Alacyn Cox, a senior in Agricultural Engineering, from Walkerton, IN: The College of Ag Career Fair has provided me with meaningful internship opportunities that have really helped me start to shape my career path! The past two summers I’ve been fortunate to be an intern with John Deere, in two different locations working on two completely different projects. The only thing my two internships had in common was the real life work I was given that made an impact on Deere & Company. This most recent internship I was able to work with John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group in a Customer Support role. This allowed me to learn a lot about the future of precision agriculture as well as work with Deere’s biggest and best customers. I’ve left both internships with a sense of accomplishment, and I’m excited to see what my future with John Deere holds.
     
     
    Jurgin Cripe, a senior in Agronomy with a concentration in Agronomic and Business Marketing, from North Manchester, IN:  I attended the career fair and spoke with numerous companies throughout my time there. I had looked online before going, in order to see which companies were going to be attending and what positions they were looking to fill. Going into the fair I already had an idea of which companies I wanted to speak with and hopefully get an interview with and ultimately an internship. Crop Production Services was one of those companies that I spoke with and got an interview with and have my internship with this summer. If it wasn't for the career fair I would not have had the chance talk with Crop Production Services and get the valuable internship experience I received.
    This past summer I had an internship with Crop Production Services in Warren, IN. I had the opportunity to work hands on with all aspects of the work CPS does. They are the leading provider of agricultural inputs all over the country. They provide many ag services, and agricultural products such as fertilizer, chemical, and seed to farmers. I spent my summer scouting fields, working with farmers, delivering different products to farmers, and other various operations around the plant. I also had the opportunity to travel around to a different CPS plant once every week all across the state with other CPS interns who predominantly attend Purdue as well. This internship provided for me sales experience, many networking opportunities, and agronomic training which will benefit me throughout my career.
     
     
    Adam Gooding, a junior in Sales and Marketing, from Monticello, IN: I obtained the internship through the career fair by initially interviewing with Land O’ Lakes to obtain an internship of some sort with WinField Solutions for this summer. I knew I wanted to intern with WinField, but I still wasn’t sure of what type of internship I wanted to do. During the interview process, the recruiters brought forth the multitude of opportunities that they had to offer, and they felt that a sales internship would fit me very well. Upon completion of the interview process, I heard back about three weeks after the career fair from a supervisor, who I completed a phone interview with. After my phone interview, I was offered a sales internship here in Northern Indiana working under Mr. Roger Sparenberg, a Master Agronomy Advisor with WinField Solutions. My job title was a Master Agronomy Advisor (M.A.A.) Sales Intern in Northern Indiana working directly with North Central Cooperative. My duties included validating product performance, assisting my supervisor with various farm calls to assess weed or disease issues, and I was also responsible for assisting with Answer Plot presentations. While performing product validation, I was responsible for documenting product performance against competitor products or untreated trials by means of photographic evidence. I did root digs, large scale imagery using WinField’s R7 technology, and pulling ears of corn to compare plant growth. My ride alongs with my supervisor generally consisted of performing assessments on fields for growers to help determine weed and disease issues, as well as provide them with various chemical programs to put together to combat these issues. I was also able to help run display booths and even lead booths on occasion at Answer Plot events, educating growers on a variety of topics, most commonly on chemical products. I was extremely happy with this internship, as I gained a great deal of knowledge and was able to gain exposure to a real world sales position experience. WinField provided me with the tools I needed to be successful this summer, as well as providing me with resources to ensure I could get tasks done and a company truck to get me to the various locations I needed to get to.
     
    Paige Stevenson, a junior in Agribusiness with a concentration in Commodity Marketing, from Brazil, IN.  I had an internship that I found through the 2015 Fall Ag Career Fair. This summer I was a BNA Trainee Intern with Bunge North America. I was located in Bellevue, OH at a soybean processing facility, where I was a grain merchandiser. I originated soybean bushels from producers and other elevators. I also sold soybean meal and soy hulls to livestock producers and feed mills. I had the opportunity to assist in managing our futures accounts by hedging to help offset risk. I also kept in close contact with Bunge's corporate office and other plants to inform them of activity happening at our location. I had a great experience this summer with Bunge! I worked with great people and gained a wealth of knowledge!

 

 


Purdue Career Fairs
Various organizations at Purdue University host more than 20 career fairs every academic year. The variety of fairs provides employers with a great opportunity to target students with specific skills and academic backgrounds. The Center for Career opportunities posts the most recent career fair dates and contact information. To view upcoming career fairs please click here.
 

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College of Agriculture Fall 2016 Career Fair
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
                 CORDOVA RECREATIONAL SPORTS CENTER
 
Welcome Students - mark your calendars and plan to attend!
The fair is open to all students and alumns at Purdue and Ivy Tech.
 
 
Click the above link to RSVP to the Career Fair and select ten companies to review your resume.  Remember to upload your resume in CCO@purdue.edu for the companies to view.
 
Purdue AG Fall 2016 Career Fair Booklet - coming in September 2016.

 
                                 CHECKLIST FOR CAREER FAIR!!!

Reference book for Fall 2015
 

The College of Agriculture is hosting a Fall Career Fair.  Over 100 companies will be attending and providing recruiters the opportunity to educate students about their organizations, advertise positions and/or interview students for internships and permanent positions.

 
 
  
Making the Most Out of the Career Fair
 

CLARIFY YOUR GOALS!   What do you want from the Career Fair?
  • To network with professionals?
  • To learn more about specific employers?
  • To research the demand for someone in your field?
  • To make contact with a particular organization?
  • Do you want to line up an on-campus interview?
  • Do you want to land an internship or full-time job?
RESEARCH
  • Wiki
  • Check the list of currently registered employers and target companies of your interest. Research organizations ahead of time.
  • Review an organization's information on their website (A link to the organization's website is provided in the above attending employer list.)
  • Create a list and prioritize the organizations you are most interested in and visit their booths first.
  • Prepare questions to ask that will help you obtain the information you need, in addition to showing your knowledge of the field and interest in the industry.
PREPARATION - (Prepare your commercial - learn to sell yourself in a short amount of time.
  • Decide how you will introduce yourself in 30 seconds.
  • Greet the recruiter with a firm handshake stating your name, major, graduation date and why you are attending the Career Fair.
  • Present your resume – bring copies of your resume detailing your education, experience, skills and campus/community activities concisely. Employers recommend visiting with a CCO staff member at their office to have your resume critiqued.
  • Be prepared to briefly describe your background and what you are looking for.
  • Be prepared to relate your education/experience/skills to the employer's needs.
  • Rehearse your commercial with a friend or advisor.
Dress for Success (make a positive impression)
  • Business Etiquette
  • Think conservative.
  • Wear few/minimal accessories and perfume/cologne.
  • For women: a suit - skirt with blazer; a conservative business dress or pant suit.
  • For men: a suit or a button down shirt with tie, sport coat, nice slacks, shined shoes.
  • **Please note - wear clothes that fit you - not too tight or too big!!!
Last Minute Tips
  • Show up early! Some employers pack up and leave the fair early.
  • Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to attend the fair and speak with recruiters. Lines may be long to speak with some recruiters, so be prepared to wait.
  • If you don't have 1 hour, any time is better than none.
THE MAIN EVENT!   'Act Professionally and Courteously'
  • Be confident, enthusiastic and polite (remember courtesy and professionalism are expected and appreciated).
  • Ask questions as needed. Base the questions on your research of the organization.
  • Listen and pay attention to what the recruiter is saying. This information may benefit you greatly if you receive an interview – ask good questions.
  • Do not monopolize an employer's time, know when to move on if there is a line of students waiting.
  • Cover letters are not necessary when you give out your resume in person.  Be prepared to give a list of references or a copy of your transcript.
  • Collect business cards and ask who the contact person is.
  • Make notes about what you talked about with each representative; use this information in follow-up letters.
  • Send thank-you letters to employers within one week after your visit or interview.
CHECK LIST OF THINGS TO BRING!
  • Portfolio or large capacity folder to carry your resumes, pens, notepads, etc.
  • 30-40+ copies of your resume on professional resume paper (preferably white or ivory).
  • A notepad and pen for taking notes after meeting with each recruiter.
  • Business Cards – It may be helpful to print business cards to present to employers. PMU Boiler CopyMaker can print business cards. Contact them for details on how they can help.
  • Prepare or order a professional name badge.  Name badges can be ordered through the Agribusiness Club. If interested contact Andy Oppy at aoppy@purdue.edu.
Questions may be directed to Sherre Meyer at meyer10@purdue.edu.
 
The Career Fair is not just for graduating students, it is for freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are exploring career paths or internship opportunities.  The Career Fair is a great way to explore careers, pick-up company information and network with future employers and ask questions.  The only person who can get you a job or an internship is you.  Attend the Career Fair on October 4, 2016.