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UK agribusiness career fair connects students with employers
Kentucky Ag Connection - 09/28/2023

The 2023 University of Kentucky Agribusiness and Industry Career Fair was a success, connecting students with employers from a variety of industries.

Audrey Wirasakti, a dual-degree student in food biosciences and agricultural economics, said that the career fair was a great experience to network with people in the agriculture industry and learn more about her career options.

UK student Benjamin Williams, who is pursuing a double major in agricultural economics and management, also attended and took something meaningful with him.

Benjamin Williams, a UK student majoring in agricultural economics and management, said that this year's career fair was an amazing opportunity to engage with many big agricultural companies across the state and region. He added that he is now more confident in his networking skills and has made valuable connections that he hopes will be beneficial in the future.

UK graduate Abigail Calender (2023) participated in the career fair as an employer, representing CGB Enterprises, where she is currently a grain leadership trainee. Calender graduated from Martin-Gatton CAFE and the Gatton College of Business and Economics with bachelor's degrees in agricultural economics and management.

"As a recent graduate and somebody who found their career at this exact fair last year, it was a full circle moment for me," she said. "Having the opportunity to recruit students and explain how they would be a part of CGB was remarkable."

Ben VanHook (2022), who studied agricultural economics with a minor in business in the UK, now works as a loan officer at Central Kentucky Ag Credit. Ben expressed gratitude returning to campus as an employer at the career fair and connecting with students.

"It's special to see young professionals take the steps to reach their personal and career goals," Vanhook said. "Ag Credit is proud to be a part of student events that help to shape future farmers and agricultural leaders."

Kendriana Price, director of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Office of Diversity at Martin-Gatton CAFE, says that for students, attending a career fair is just the beginning.

"After attending a career fair, following up with the companies is key for students," she said. "This could include connecting and sending a personalized message on LinkedIn, introducing yourself by email, asking questions or setting up a brief chat. In addition, students need to start applying for opportunities they are most interested in. You can do it, and we are here to help."

The Martin-Gatton CAFE offers myriad career resources and enrichment services for students. Visit to learn more.

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