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Trevor Acklin
Learning how to work with and get along with people that are very different from you is an important skill.

Profile: Trevor Acklin

Undergraduate Student
Associate Corn Merchandiser, Ingredion Inc.

Working in a position that changes fast every day is what corn merchandiser Trevor Acklin loves most about his job. Trevor, an agricultural and consumer economics graduate, is an associate corn merchandiser for Ingredion Inc.

“I am responsible for purchasing and facilitating the delivery of 25 to 30 million bushels of corn each year,” Trevor says. “We transport the corn to our manufacturing facility in Bedford Park, Illinois, and from there we convert the corn into starches and sweeteners.”

One of Trevor’s main responsibilities is watching the markets for changes and figuring out why they are occurring. Then he works quickly to try to beat out the competition. This requires gathering information and making decisions fast.

Learning those skills along with others at the University of Illinois helped Trevor achieve career success. He believes three key things helped him prepare for his position the most.

“One: I was exposed to a variety of people,” Trevor says. “Learning how to work with and get along with people that are very different from you is an important skill. Two: My coursework focused on problem solving and critical thinking. Anyone can solve a problem when you know the problem and the right information. Defining the problem and collecting all the information you need is the hard part. Three: Time management. There are a million things to do on campus that aren’t your school work. Knowing how to prioritize and balance it all is invaluable.”