This semester in PR in Agriculture, we have had to blog every week about various topics. I never knew what kinds of opportunities it would bring or how much it has helped me tell my story. Before this class, there was no way that I would be able to do my job effectively and efficiently as I do now. One of the main tasks that I have been assigned at one of my jobs is to create a social media marketing plan that will be implemented next fall. With projects such as the social media campaign that is currently in progress, I have gained skills that I can use to make my place of employment successful. I now have a LinkedIn profile, which I learned about in this class, that has connected me to people where I would like to go to graduate school, as well as employers that I have to use as an arsenal of references in the future. With the speakers we have had such as Judy Graf (FarmNWife), I have learned how to blog effectively and efficiently to where I can perform my job with the school of agriculture and write blog posts for them. The coursework I have done in this class has given me experience that I can put on a resume and be more marketable for future employers in positions in my field. Not many people think about the positive impact that social media and blogging can have within agriculture. This allows us to tell our story and get a positive message across for our industry.
Ever since I changed my major to agricultural communications instead of animal science, every time I say what my major is, I get questioned about what that entails and what I’m going to do with the degree. I didn’t know that this wasn’t a well-known major until I checked Missouri State’s population of agricultural communications majors: a whole six of us. The classes that are required in a communications major can benefit anyone who is planning on finding their place in the business world. Classes such as Small Group Communication, Organizational Communication, and Conflict Management can be useful to any professional and business. They provide training in the basics of communicating with co-workers, employers, and customers. In addition, they provide skills in recognizing and adapting to different communication and work styles. Also with this major, I have a wide range of jobs and career choices to pick from. I have the opportunity to put on events such as agriculture education programs for high school students through FFA, work on websites and develop media for agricultural companies, and write for magazines and newspapers that are related to agriculture issues. This degree program is so diverse that I could explore outside of agriculture for a career in business, organizational communication, and even work with leadership camps and programs. What I would like to do with my degree is work in the agriculture industry in a public relations position. This means that I will focus on company image and connecting with customers. Later in my career I hope to bring agriculture education programs into urban areas and give those uneducated people an opportunity to hear the story of agriculture and realize its importance. This major has helped me realize the importance of communication not only in agriculture, but in the job market as a whole. With this degree I will find my place in the work force and help agriculture tell its story using the skills I have learned and the vast amount of career choices.
Go to: http://ag.missouristate.edu/Communications/ for more information on this major!
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