Employment Skills

Leadership Development Event

Employment Skills

Participants in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event (LDE) get a leg up on their future careers by developing the skills needed to seek employment in the industry of agriculture.

This LDE simulates real-world activities used by employers and tests students’ ability to perform effectively throughout the employment process. Students submit a cover letter and resume; complete an application and a telephone interview; and participate in a preliminary face–to–face interview.  Students also experience a networking activity that could include an elevator pitch, a meal function, or participating at a trade show event and receive a telephone offer where they negotiate for their job opportunity.

In this LDE, students will use many leadership skills including active listening, problem–solving, and decision making as well as improve their written and oral communication skills. This event also helps students in their current search for jobs, internships, and part-time and full-time employment in any career field.


Career Ready Practices

  • Conduct of Chapter Meetings
  • Creed Speaking
  • Employment Skills
  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Prepared Public Speaking