Paige Friedrich Boonville, Mo. / 22 Agricultural Systems Management BS, 2014 University of Missouri-Columbia Parts Employee and Training Coordinator, Sydenstricker Implement, Tipton, Mo. At the end of my sophomore year, I interned with Sydenstricker Implement in Mexico, Mo. I worked in the parts department and as a training coordinator. I helped ship parts for transfer to other branches of Sydenstricker Implement and was in charge of signing up employees for training classes through John Deere University. In the latter role, I met with every salesman, service advisor, and parts manager to discuss which classes would be suitable for the employees. I traveled to six different stores throughout Missouri and worked with employees for enrollment in the training courses. The following summer, I was a maize product development intern with DuPont Pioneer at the research station in Miami, Mo. I assisted with all research projects at the station involving pollinating corn, taking plot counts, and detasseling corn. At the end of my summer with Pioneer, I presented data on brittle stalk to a group of Pioneer employees in Johnston, Iowa. After interning with Sydenstricker, I knew this would be a great company to keep in touch with during my undergraduate years, and maybe apply for a job after graduation. I kept in contact with the store manager at the Tipton location. When he invited me to become a full-time employee, I was sold. Encouraging words from my advisor confirmed that this would be a great company to work for, so I began my career with Sydenstricker and have enjoyed it ever since. Because I interned with this company, I brought some experience with me. Having knowledge of “how things are done” and already knowing other employees’ names put me ahead—along with my drive and determination to learn and work hard. I arrive at the Tipton store at 8:00 a.m. every day and work on various jobs within the parts department—finding parts for transfer, helping a customer or technician locate parts for sale, or scanning in parts from a stock order. I’m kept very busy. If not in the parts department, I work on my computer checking employees’ training records. Each employee is responsible for completing a certain amount of training hours through John Deere University. All new employees have to take training in their work area, whether it’s sales, parts, or service. My job is to enroll them in these classes and answer any questions they have. It’s also my job to facilitate the live instructor-led classes that John Deere offers. Working in the equipment industry has many different avenues, and I’m glad I chose a career that makes my college degree directly applicable. I wake up excited every day, looking forward to seeing my coworkers and customers. Sydenstricker is like one large family, and I’m grateful to be a part of it. My long-range goal is to move up within Sydenstricker—to be more knowledgeable with all John Deere parts, training, and equipment in general. I prepare every day to achieve that goal, not afraid to ask questions, try new things without being asked—to prove that I can think on my feet and can get things done!
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