Preparing Geographers for Business and Private Sector Careers

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Mark Revell
Chairs: Michael Solem


The private sector contains many dynamic and exciting employment opportunities for geographers. This panel will feature geographers and other professionals with experience in the private sector who will discuss key issues affecting career opportunities for geographers and improving their preparation for employment.

The session chair will lead the panelists in a structured discussion of the following questions:

1) What are some of the important trends in labor markets and private industry that are likely to have an impact on the careers of geographers in the private sector?

2) How can students and job seekers better equip themselves with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives they will need for a successful career in the private sector?

3) In what ways have geography departments successfully used internships, certificate programs, professional master's degrees, online training, and adjunct instructors from employer organizations to enhance career preparation and professional development?

4) In what ways are private sector employers not fully tapping the potential of geography in their work and operations? What can be done to improve awareness and appreciation among employers of what geography offers and, in turn, why they should hire graduates from geography programs?

This panel will also explore cross-sector professional development issues and ideas for strengthening links between employers and academic geography programs. Time will be reserved to address questions and comments from members of the audience.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Daniel McGlone Azavea 10
Panelist Herman Kok Meyer Bergman 10
Panelist Charlie Frye ESRI, Inc. 10
Panelist Caitlin Kontgis Descartes Labs 10
Panelist Carmen Tedesco DAI 10
Discussant Lawrence Joseph West Marine 10
Panelist Jessica Fletcher Experdia, Inc. 10

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