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CMancastar taming, Saturday, April 23,1994
NEWARK, Del. The large
meeting room at the University of
Delaware Perkins Student Center
was bustling with activity.
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ies were drawing interested stu
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eager conversations about the fu
ture and jobs.
This is a scene not often played
out these days in a job market that
looks bleak for many college
graduates. Yet the College of
Agricultural Sciences career fair,
held last month at the University
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of Delaware, is proof that agricul
ture has a lot to offer the Well-pre
pared, career-minded graduate.
When other fields are downsiz
ing, a degree in agriculture still
means choices. In fact, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture reports
that 50,000 new graduates are
sought each year to fill jobs in the
ever-expanding field of agricul
Karen Roth, assistant to the
dean of the college, began the
career fair for agricultural sci
ences majors five years ago.
“People assume they know
what agriculture is, but fewer than
10 percent of our graduates actual
ly woik on a family farm. There
are so many opportunities beyond
production agriculture,” Roth
said. “At the fair, students are ex
posed to the many different oppor
tunities in agriculture.
“Though job interviews can and
do come out of this event, students
take part for other reasons it’s a
good place to begin networking,”
Roth said. “It’s also an opportuni
ty to make contacts for summer in
ternships with industries and la
This year’s fair-attracted nine
new companies. Most of the busi
nesses are from Delaware, where
agricultural industries seem to be
A poultry-processing company representative talks with
a student about Job opportunities during the University of
Delaware College of Agricultural Sciences career fair last
thriving, and Maryland, New Jer- mental agencies, and chemical
sey, and Pennsylvania. corporations.
Among the businesses that set A representative from a coro
up career booths to attract the lat- modities wholesaler said about the
est crop of agricultural graduates career fair, “We come every year,
are pharmaceutical manufacturers, Our business is continually ex
poultry processors, stock breed- panding, and we’re looking for
ers, environmental and recycling people with business skills and a
firms, government, agencies, pest background in agriculture. In our
control firms, commodity whole- business, you can’t beat the com
salers, public gardens, environ- bination.”