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Tyler Scott
Your degree is worth a lot because employers know that you have one of the best educations in the world.

Profile: Tyler Scott

Merchandiser trainee in Business Management Development, The Scoular Company

Tyler Scott, an agricultural and consumer economics (ACE) alumnus, could never have predicted a career working with ingredients like fish meal and carrot pumice. Tyler comes from a livestock, corn, and soybean operation, so most of the specialty ingredients he’s working with at The Scoular Company were new to him, he says, and offer an enjoyable challenge.

“It has been interesting to learn about what goes into pet food and in talking with customers to understand more about their businesses,” Tyler says. “Simply put, we help our customers put the puzzle together that ensures a quality product at a fair price.”

 Tyler considers himself outgoing, and he says that trait has helped him feel comfortable doing new things and living in different places. He says that his career has shown him the importance of being curious and asking questions when things don’t make sense. His job provides new challenges each day, and he enjoys the learning experiences.

“I think the most important things I learned from the U of I were time management and networking,” Tyler says. “Being organized and managing your time well is important because you’ll be expected to do your job no matter how busy you are. Also, the U of I does an excellent job with providing avenues to becoming employed with the best companies out there.”

While on campus, Tyler was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and ACE Club. He says he enjoyed the community that the College of ACES provided—it took a gigantic university down to a size where everyone knew each other. The smaller size also helped him get engaged in the college. Three internships gave him experience in a variety of areas, including operations, production, and merchandising.

“University of Illinois attracts the best companies in the industry,” Tyler says. “Your degree is worth a lot because employers know that you have one of the best educations in the world. I found all of the jobs I’ve ever had at the college’s career fairs. ACES is a great community that gives the U of I that small-town feel many of us are accustomed to.”