“I think many people don’t realize just how many different types of careers there are that link back to agriculture, biology, science and technology,” said Samantha Worden, a student from Butler University who is interning with AgriNovus Indiana, a nonprofit that promotes and accelerates the growth of the agbioscience community in Indiana.
Worden is earning degrees in biology and environmental sciences, having switched from health sciences last year.
She is serving as a Field Atlas Ambassador, a program AgriNovus launched last year to provide career guidance towards jobs in the agbioscience sector.
“Just learning about all these allied fields, I feel has been one of the key things that I’ve taken away from this,” said Worden during the Ag+Bio+Science podcast, which is hosted this week by AgriNovus’ Cayla Chiddister. “And then I’m able to share that with so many other people that might not be aware of it, just like I wasn’t aware of that.”
Butler University is in the heart of Indianapolis and is far from a traditional agriculture school, like Purdue. However, it does offer degrees that are in allied fields that are aligned with agriculture.
“I feel like people hear agbioscience and because agriculture is the first word that comes with it, some people turn away from the start just because they know they don’t want to work in what they think as being an agriculture type of job,” said Worden. “But as soon as I start explaining to them, and showing them the website, and showing them all the allied fields, it makes them so much more interested.”
The full podcast will be available Monday morning. You can find more information on how you can listen by clicking here.