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.
This page includes information about jobs and careers activities at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Planning is currently under way for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Tampa. This page will be updated as information for the 2014 conference becomes 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 email us at email@example.com.
The Jobs & Careers Center will host a number of panel discussions related to careers and professional development. Topics to be addressed at the 2013 Annual Meeting include:
- Welcome to the Annual Meeting: An orientation for newcomers
- Careers in business and the private sector
- Careers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations
- Academic careers
- Internships and work-based learning as career preparation
- Integrating careers and professional development into geography curricula
- Working internationally
- Teaching with Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment
Details about these and other activities scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting are posted on the Careers and Professional Development Sessions page.
Workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn about and apply ideas and advice from experts in their fields. Career-related workshops planned for the 2013 Annual Meeting include:
- Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
- Becoming a Certified GISP (GIS Professional)
- Professional Networking Strategies
For full descriptions of these and other workshops, visit http://www.aag.org/annualmeeting/workshops.
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's EDGE Project (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography) 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 AAG's EDGE project and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, the Jobs & Careers Center features job postings in all fields of geography. Attendees can browse the postings during career mentoring sessions or any other time when the center is not being used for a panel, paper session, or workshop. See the Jobs & Careers Center schedule (forthcoming) for times when job postings will be accessible.
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. In recognition of seven years of leadership, the Diversity Ambassadors are sponsoring a networking reception and sessions on youth making a difference at this year's Annual Meeting. See the conference program for further details.
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