The phrase “once a wildcat, always a wildcat” has many different meanings for graduates of the University of New Hampshire (UNH). For some, it means keeping in touch with classmates, donating to the school, or attending sporting events. But for some wildcats, like Emma Baillargeon, that means going back to pursue a career.
Emma is the Senior Administrative Assistant at UNH in the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Department. UNH, a public research university in the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), was founded in 1866 and has more than 12,500 active undergrad students.
Emma’s department is dedicated to offering programs to students who are interested in pursuing careers related to sustainable agriculture and food systems. Her job is to support the faculty and the structure of her department in terms of superiors and support systems.
“I feel pride and accomplishment in even the smallest of tasks because I know that the easier I make life for the faculty, the better the work that will be produced,” she said.
Emma, a Newmarket native, graduated from UNH in 2009 with a bachelor’s in communications, and has always felt connected to the school.
“After working in corporate and finding that I didn’t feel a sense of pride in the work being produced, I felt that I belonged back at my alma mater,” said Emma. “I am proud of my department and being able to work for such a great institution.”
In addition to enjoying the work she does every day, Emma said she also feels fortunate to be able to work in her beautiful home state of New Hampshire.
“Working in such a beautiful place and being able to look outside at the diverse New England landscape makes my day that much better,” she said.
As someone who recently went through the competitive hiring process at the university, Emma offered some encouragement to anyone who is pursuing a job or career there. The key, in her experience, is persistence.
“Do not become discouraged if you are not hired immediately,” she said. “…keep applying.”
Everyday is a great day to be a wildcat! If you’re interested in learning more about employment opportunities at UNH or any of the other schools in the USNH, check out the USNH careers page.