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5 agricultural technology trends to watch in 2024

As more Canadian farmers are accepting of new technologies over ye olde tried and true, look at some ways more AgTech can improve the sector’s lot.

The world of seed technology: things to know for 2024

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The current state of global agricultural testing

Using just-in-time technology to thwart the spread of pathogenic disease in ag.

Show your mature workforce the love they deserve

Learn how the top employers support the ever-evolving needs of their employees through their changing career phases.

CN expands its central US reach

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Views, Considerations & Unknowns for 2024

With 2024 upon us, the agriculture trade show and seminar season is now in full swing.

Increasing your company’s brand reputation

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The world is not enough

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Are you considering a summer intern? Do you already have one lined up?

By AgCareers.com

Are you considering a summer intern? Do you already have one lined up?

A summer internship is a professional learning experience that offers practical work related to a student’s field of study or career interest. They are designed to help students understand what they want to do in the future.

If you are hoping that an intern becomes part of your permanent pipeline, it is to your advantage to help an intern think critically about all the reasons why your company is an excellent fit for them.

As an employer, it is essential to think creatively about the most effective and efficient ways to create a work environment where the right people (and potentially the best employees) will want to stay long-term.

To set up your intern for success, both during their internship and as they progress in their career, you must provide your intern with a positive example of professionalism.

As their manager, your intern is looking to you for guidance on how to be a professional and succeed within your organization, and successfully navigate their workload.

If you are going to invest time in finding and managing an intern, here are three powerful ways to support them:

    1. Prepare careful project oversight
      • Have a specific project the intern can be responsible for with a clear and coherent set of tasks that they oversee.
      • Give clear instructions for your expectations, the process for completing the task, and the dead-line to help organize an intern’s day to day, keeping them independent while creating autonomy in the role.
      • Designate someone who has about 30 to 90 minutes a week to support the new talent and answer any questions, include additional training, and provide one on one mentorship.
    2. Present a peer group
      • Give your intern access to peers for support that are either other interns in a similar industry or employees around their age.
      • Think creatively to make sure that your intern has someone other than you and your team with whom they can socialize, and share ideas and frustrations throughout the summer internship. Make resources such as a list of online sources, webinars, and conferences accessible when it comes to the topic your intern is working on.
    3. Provide career guidance

Mentorship is incredibly valuable and is critical to most success and satisfaction for interns. It allows them to be open with and learn from someone more experienced and ensures time to interact beyond just handling assignments.

    • Connect an intern with someone who’s two to four years older at the company and working full-time to schedule coffee chats throughout the summer to share thoughts on what they are learning and their career path.
    • Consider arranging simple 30-minute coffee chats with half a dozen people in different departments around the company to create productively conversations and gather helpful information: What’s the most exciting part of your day? What aspects of your job do you wish you didn’t have? What training do you wish you had in addition to what you did study?

Providing an intern with quality support has three elements:

  1. Better work—positive reinforcement given to the right people pays off in hard work;
  2. Better experience—a likelihood that your intern will speak fondly of you as an employer and consider a full-time offer;
  3. Clarity about the future—why a company is such a great place to be a part of.

An internship should be a fun learning experience. Consider hosting social events and outings for your intern to improve overall performance.

By being thoughtful and deliberate in the creation and implementation of your internship program, you can create a rewarding experience for not only your intern but also for your team and your organization as well.

Above all, treat your intern with respect, value their ideas and contributions, and make them feel like a welcome and integral part of your team.

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