Good morning readers!! My name is Carly Holcomb and I am the Youth Ambassador at Illinois Farm Bureau this summer. It is my pleasure to be writing to you, and I am looking forward to blogging more as the summer progresses. I am from the small town of Mt. Pulaski, IL, a whopping 1700 people, but I like it that way; would not change a thing! I graduated in 2008, and enrolled in courses at Lincoln Land Community College that fall. I earned my Associate’s Degree in 2010 and transferred to Illinois State University (Go Redbirds!). I fell in love with ISU and the Department of Agriculture…so much that when I graduated with my B.S. degree in Agricultural Communications & Leadership, I decided to continue my education and pursue my M.S. degree in Agricultural Education & Leadership. In all seriousness, ISU is amazing, but I wanted to learn more about communications while incorporating agriculture into my studies, with the hopes of landing myself an AWESOME job where I can apply my education!
I have been at IFB for almost a month, and I am loving my job to the max! I learn something new every single day, and I am always challenging myself to make my next Facebook post more interesting than the last (it isn’t easy, let me tell you…finding out what makes our followers tick is a science). The employees at Illinois Farm Bureau have welcomed me with open arms, and they all will lend a helping hand when needed. Although I have not been at IFB all that long, I can already tell how much care and passion there is for this organization from its employees, and vice-versa. And I have never experienced a workplace like this before; it’s humbling! There are people of all ages here, and before learning about the employees, I assumed that they all have not been here for long. I quickly learned, though, that some people have been here for 20 or 30 years or even more! WOW! Now that is passion. The Rug Runner has even been here since the mid 80s!! He recently retired, though, but what a career!
Throughout my time here at IFB, my boss, Mariah Dale-Anderson, has scheduled me to meet with various people within IFB to learn about their job and take any advice that they are willing to share :). I have met with four people so far, and honestly, I love all of their jobs!! A question I have asked each of them is “What do you like most about this organization?” Each person answered something along the lines of ‘they really like the people here,’ and ‘some employees have been with IFB for 20 years or more, and they like that a lot.’ I value relationships with people I respect, care for, love and trust very strongly, so to see this same belief resonate at IFB, made me feel good.
My family are wonderful people (but maybe I’m biased), and they have taught me life-long lessons that I carry with me today. Two of the main lessons is having a solid work ethic and a never-give-up attitude, which I use every day at IFB. I have my parents to thank for that!
I am learning the importance of having a work family, and all the people at IFB have welcomed me into their family. I loved this organization the first day I began my internship, but as my days go on, I can easily see why the employees love this place! I feel comfortable asking the employees at IFB for help, if needed, and I know they will gladly help me accomplish my task. I feel that the people here want me to succeed, and having that feeling of care at my workplace is outstanding! I am already sad that I have only two months left of my internship at Illinois Farm Bureau, but I conclude each day knowing that I have learned something new and made the most of this day.
Carpe Diem-Seize the day :)
~Until next time