Young Alum of the Month: Isaac Bowers

Isaac Bowers
Title and Company: 
Software Support and Training Supervisor at Ag Leader Technology
Alburnett, Iowa
Major and Graduation Date: 
Ag Systems Technology, December 2005
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I manage a team that provides support and training for precision farming software products developed by Ag Leader Technology. Additionally, I coordinate and develop training programs to help customers create maps/reports from the information collected in the field. Other responsibilities include supporting international distributors and helping with testing of new software products and updates.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I have always had an interest in working with technology and helping others learn. Working at Ag Leader Technology has given me the opportunity to help customers, and my Dad, work with cutting edge technology that adds to their bottom line. It has also allowed me to travel a large portion of the Midwest, as well as parts of Europe, while conducting customer and dealer training events.

What advice would you give to current students: 

1. Get an internship 
Agriculture, like technology, has made some major changes in recent years, and I'm sure this trend will continue. I would encourage all students to participate in as many internships as possible to get an understanding of several different aspects of the ag industry before graduation.

2. Work on communication skills 
As the ag industry continues to change, there will be a constant need for people that can communicate new items/concepts to others; whether that be co-workers working on developing new products, sales reps showing their customers new technologies, or teaching someone how to use a product.

3. Study abroad 
In today's global ag economy, there will be increasing demand for those that can work with people from other areas of the world. Studying abroad will help you gain an understanding of how things are different, as well as similar, from where you grew up.