Monday, January 26, 2009

IGM Participates in University of Florida Panel Disussion

On January 13th, IGM participated in a green industry discussion panel represented by Steve Gano, VP of Operations at the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture. The topic of discussion was job availability at the present for graduating seniors and other underclassmen. Gano, a graduate of UF represented the golf course maintenance segment of the industry while other panelists were from landscape construction, ornamental nurseries, vegetable production and fruit crop production. The take home message was… there will always be a position for the right candidate with the right experience and the right training. However, qualified candidates may need to be more flexible on location, the starting point and the timing. They also must complete “on the job training” before expecting a “management” position. The benefits of staying in college and pursuing a graduate degree were also discussed and everyone agreed that this is not a bad option given the current economic times and specifically, escalating golf course maintenance costs.
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