In the Horticulture program there are various opportunities to meet companies, and discuss with them on a one-on-one level about their company and your own goals in life. Often enough your own goals in life match up with the company and you’re able to create a relationship that can turn into a career. Networking is what is encouraged, getting out of your comfort zone, and putting yourself out there to make those relationships. Some people struggle with not knowing what to ask. Here are a few examples of questions you can ask:
What services/products do you offer?
How do you stay up to date on current trends in the industry?
What classes do you recommend to make myself more desirable?
What advice do you have for me as a young college student?
These questions are good starters; the most important thing is to act natural and let the conversation flow. Nearing the end ALWAYS ask for a business card or contact information. That way later you can thank them for their time and keep that relationship growing. This week there is a career fair being held in the BYU-I Center, February 27, 2014 from 10am-3pm. Go and practice approaching these companies and Grad schools. Kimberly Nurseries will be there looking for a Designer. They are located in Kimberly, ID near Twin Falls, Idaho and have been operating since 1907! They service the surrounding areas with their design, hardscape, irrigation, and maintenance skills. They have on their website a beautiful gallery of the wonderful work they have done, check it out here.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.