According to a recent Ypulse survey, a high percentage of young people resolved to plan more for their futures in 2014. Does this describe you?
If so, the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) can help. Within the AgCN, a nationwide system developed by the National FFA Organization, you can document your FFA and academic achievements, explore careers and more. Since its launch in 2011, new options and activities have been released, making the site even more useful to you as an FFA member – and someone focused on planning for your future.
If you haven’t joined the site yet, ask your FFA advisor to sign you up for an account. Here are four ways you can use the site to help you develop a career plan.
1. Organize Your Experiences.
Once you’re in, you’ll fill out your basic information and begin entering your achievements.
Track your FFA activities, as well as community involvement and service projects. You can even record classes you have taken to help you achieve your career goals and identify scholarships you have been awarded. Why is this important?
Once it’s time to begin applying for college, jobs, internships or scholarships, having a record of your activities and achievements will make your application process much smoother. And you won’t accidentally leave out your biggest successes by mistake!
2. Connect with Mentors.
Many people point to a mentor or career coach as a major influence in their professional lives, and we want FFA members to have those same opportunities. A major goal for AgCN is to connect you with industry professionals – to share their experiences, answer your questions, offer advice, and hopefully, create lasting relationships as a career coach or mentor.
3. Learn about Careers.
Two great partnerships with Career Cruising and AgCareers.com allow you to learn about careers that match up with your interests and goals. You can explore different career options, then see how you can start preparing for those opportunities.
Career Cruising recommends classwork, hands-on learning opportunities and a path to follow. Within the AgCareers.com section, you can search for existing career opportunities within your field of study or within selected geographic areas. This is a great feature that will prove useful to you throughout college or technical school as you begin to look for a full-time job, but it also can help you see what type of requirements, responsibilities and salary range you can expect for a future position.
4. Apply for FFA Awards and Degrees.
Applying for FFA awards, degrees and scholarships is now more streamlined through AgCN. Since you’re already entering your FFA experiences, service projects, agriculture classes and more, this information will automatically flow into FFA applications for the American FFA Degree, National FFA scholarship applications and more.