For Labor Day – the best career advice I received
The cow has four stomachs, I explained to my mom, and proceeded to describe the functions of each one. She patiently listened, then said, “You need to start taking some journalism classes.”
What she didn’t say – but clearly conveyed – was that it was time to think about what I would do for a job after graduation. While majoring in agriculture was certainly worthwhile, Mom knew better than anyone where my talents would best be utilized.
The next semester of my sophomore year at Northwest Missouri State University, I signed up for Introduction to Mass Media, discovering what Mom knew all along. I liked being a journalist. My first job out of college – and the next two after that – were at newspapers.
My present career as director of communications at the Agri-Business Expo Center allows for a perfect blend of my agriculture background and journalism experience. Knowing the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum has come in handy or time or two (such as while playing Scrabble), while newspapers and writing have put food on the table.