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Jobs & Careers Center

The Jobs & Careers Center provides a central location for job seekers, students, and professionals to interact with one another and to learn more about careers and professional development for geographers. No additional cost or registration is required for conference participants to visit the Jobs & Careers Center.

Planning is currently under way for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. This page will be updated as further details regarding the 2015 conference become available. If you are organizing a relevant session or activity, if you would like to volunteer to participate in an AAG-organized activity, or if you have suggestions for our outreach related to careers and professional development, please see the Call for Participation and/or email us at careers@aag.org


Panel Discussions and Paper Sessions

The Jobs & Careers Center will host a number of panel discussions related to careers and professional development. Topics we hope to address at the 2015 Annual Meeting include:

  • Welcome to the Annual Meeting: An orientation for newcomers
  • Employment in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors
  • Preparing for and sustaining an academic career
  • Integrating career preparation into geography programs and curricula
  • The role of community college and undergraduate programs in career preparation
  • Enhancing students' employability through internships and work-based learning
  • Working internationally

We also plan to offer organized paper sessions on a range of issues related to jobs and careers. To present in one of these sessions, please submit your abstract. When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, forward the confirmation email to: careers@aag.org. The abstract deadline is November 5, 2014. To organize a session for inclusion in the jobs and careers track, email us at careers@aag.org for assistance and further instructions.

Details about these and other activities scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting will be posted on the Careers and Professional Development Sessions page as they are confirmed.


Workshops

Workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn about and apply ideas and advice from experts in their fields. Career-related workshops in development for the 2015 Annual Meeting include:

  • Career Planning for Students and Recent Graduates
  • Entering the Geography Workforce
  • Professional Networking Strategies
  • Becoming a Certified GISP (GIS Professional)

For full descriptions of these and other workshops as they are announced, visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting/workshops.


Career Mentoring

Whether you're looking for your first job, considering graduate school, or changing careers, the advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today's competitive job market. Researchers from the AAG have assembled a team of experienced geography professionals and faculty members to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion could include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer's attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, developing your personal and professional networks, and long-term career planning. You can also get information about the numerous career-related sessions that will be held during this year's Annual Meeting. If you are interested in volunteering as a Career Mentor, contact us at careers@aag.org.


Job Postings

Each year, the Jobs & Careers Center features displays of job postings in all fields of geography. Attendees can browse the ads at their leisure. Prospective employers can post printed information about any openings or opportunities on the bulletin boards at no cost for the duration of the conference. [Click here view our online job ads or for information on advertising on our online job board.]


Diversity Ambassadors

A diverse group of graduate students and early-career geographers serve as AAG Diversity Ambassadors. Volunteers are willing to share their experiences and advice about college life, graduate school, job searches, networking, navigating the Annual Meeting, and more. Faculty and employers who seek to achieve greater diversity in their programs and workforces are encouraged to talk with the Ambassadors. AAG Diversity Ambassadors can be identified by their green badge ribbons. Look for them throughout the conference, and especially at the careers and professional development sessions. See the conference program for further details about events and activities involving our Diversity Ambassadors.


Please direct questions or requests for additional information about the Jobs & Careers Center to careers@aag.org.