Young Alum of the Month: Megan Hall Gogerty

Megan Hall Gogerty
Title and Company: 
Assistant Professor at Ellsworth Community College
Nevada, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
B.S. Animal Science and M.S. Animal Physiology, B.S. 2002, M.S. 2005
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

As an assistant professor for Ellsworth Community College my major job responsibility is to instruct Equine Management and Animal Science courses. This includes planning and organizing curriculum for instruction by maintaining course material and evaluating student progress within the curriculum.

Another important part of my job as an assistant professor is to serve as an advisor for students, as well as assist with recruiting and retention of students for the program and department. I have developed a personal plan to advance both my professional growth and to continually improve my teaching competencies which will allow me to keep up to date in my course materials.

I am responsible for the every day management and leadership of the Equine Facility, curriculum, and budgets, as well as communicating with the college on the operation of the program and Equine Facility.

What you like most about your job/position: 

I love working with my students and observing the improvement of their skills and knowledge. I love knowing that I am making a difference in their lives. I truly enjoy planning creative lessons, as well as watching my students change and accomplish their goals. I am very passionate about my teaching and helping my students to succeed.

I also love that I am able to work with horses and agriculture on a daily basis. I enjoy working with and educating others about the equine industry. I enjoy the real-life components and hands-on opportunities of my job that often take me to an outdoor classroom.

My job is challenging in a positive way in that every day brings me a new and exciting learning experience. Each day is different and I can truly say my job keeps me challenged. I love knowing that I am a vital part of the learning experience for my students.

What advice would you give to current students: 

I would advise students to take on as many internships and real-life experiences as possible. Until you gain the real-life experience, you do not really know what a career entails. By putting in the time to learn through volunteer and real-life experiences you will be rewarded. Do not be afraid to take on a good experience without the desired pay.

Work with as many professionals in your chosen career path as possible because they will help you tremendously. Focus on your education and real-life experiences by doing as much as you can to improve your resume. Anything you can do to set yourself apart from the other job candidates and show the unique, beneficial qualities you can bring to the company will ensure your success in the field of agriculture.