Jobs & Careers Center

The Jobs & Careers Center will be located in Studios 1, 2 & 3 of the Marriott, Second Level. It 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. A careers information table will be staffed and accessible each day for general questions, information, and resources and will be open daily from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
See the Jobs & Careers Center schedule of events.

In addition to the many sessions taking place within the Jobs & Careers Center, dozens more careers and professional development sessions will take place at various locations throughout the meeting venues. This year’s session track will include over 65 sessions, workshops, and field trips related to careers and professional development. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from working as a geographer in the public, private, nonprofit, or academic sector, to networking strategies, to becoming a certified GIS Professional (GISP), to women in leadership roles in geography.
Download a list of the Careers & Professional Development Sessions.

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Panel Discussions and Paper Sessions

The Jobs & Careers Center will host a number of panel and paper sessions related to careers and professional development. Topics we hope to address at the 2018 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
  • Strategies for thriving as a stand-alone geographer
  • Integrating career preparation into geography programs and curricula
  • The role of undergraduate programs in career preparation
  • Diversity in academia and the workforce
  • Opportunities for women in geography STEM disciplines
  • Working internationally
  • Work-life balance 

Details about these and other activities scheduled throughout the Annual Meeting will be posted as they are confirmed.

To organize a session for inclusion in the careers and professional development track, email us at careers@aag.org for assistance and further instructions.

Workshops

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

  • Preparing Geography Students for the 21st Century Workforce
  • Professional Networking Strategies
  • Becoming a Certified GISP (GIS Professional)
  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
  • Interviewing for Employment
  • Nailing Your Career Fair Interaction
  • Professional Skills Development in Environmental Careers
  • Closing the Gender Gap in Geography
  • Women in Leadership Positions in Geography
  • Incorporating Computer Programming Activities into Geography Curricula

For full descriptions of these and other workshops as they are announced, check out the Workshops list on the registration page. Log in on that page, if you want to add a workshop to your cart.

Exhibit Hall Student Networking Happy Hour

Join us for an informal networking event for students in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, April 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student Affinity Groups, the event will provide a venue for students to meet each other and interact with companies and organizations that offer opportunities and/or resources for students.  Participating exhibitors will give brief, informal talks on the opportunities and resources within their companies and organizations and answer questions from students. The full list of scheduled talks is available online and also in the Essentials section of the AAG mobile app. Come by and see what the Exhibit Hall has to offer!

We would like to thank the following sponsors and participants: Undergaduate Student Affinity Group; IOP Publishing; Elsevier; Northeastern University; Caliper Corporation; Kent State University Geography Department; Blue Marble Geographics; Routledge; Temple University Department of Geography & Urban Studies; McGraw-Hill Higher Education; Expedia, Inc.; and Guilford Press.

View the full list of scheduled talks

AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars 

As part of the AAG’s Advancing Diversity initiative, local students and young adults from New Orleans’ diverse communities will be an integral part of the Annual Meeting. Launched at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, the AAG’s Emerging Workforce Scholars program enables aspirational community college and undergraduate students from underserved New Orleans-area communities to attend the Annual Meeting and interact with geography and geoscience professionals to learn about the work they perform and the preparation required for careers in their field.

This year, the AAG is proud to partner with Limitless Vistas, Inc., New Orleans Flood Protection Authority-East, Delgado Community College Workforce Development, University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, and others to make this another successful career exploration program.  Please extend a warm welcome to the Emerging Scholars as they explore careers in geography and the geosciences!

Advancing Diversity in the Geospatial Workforce

Audience members are invited to interact with a panel of leading representatives from the business, government, nonprofit and education sectors who will discuss their employment needs, skills required for career entry and success, and strategies to increase workforce diversity.
April 11, 3:20 – 5:00 PM, Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor

Keynote on NOLA Resiliency Planning and Workforce Program Recognition

This session features two prominent leaders in Louisiana resiliency planning and workforce development. Ron Spooner, chief engineer for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) and Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve will talk about New Orleans’ well-coordinated response to storms and flood events. Ava Dejoie, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission will talk about her work at the commission and how geographers and geoscientists are well positioned to meet the state’s future workforce needs. This year's AAG Emerging Workforce Scholars will receive program recognition at the end of the session.
April 11, 5:20 – 7:00 PM, Studio 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor

See more information and a list of sponsors.

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. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals, faculty members, and advanced students to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might 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, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more. Career mentoring sessions will take place April 10-13, each morning from 10:00 – 11:40 am.


Job and Student Opportunities Postings

Each year, the Jobs & Careers Center features job postings and student opportunities in all fields of geography. Attendees can browse the postings during the career mentoring sessions and or at any time during the conference. Employers are also welcome to post printed ads for open positions within their organizations. 


Diversity Ambassadors

A diverse group of graduate students, faculty, and professional geographers serve as AAG Diversity Ambassadors. AAG Diversity Ambassadors are organizing a panel session at the 2018 Annual Meeting entitled “Diversity and the AAG: Past Progress and the Road Ahead”. The session will take place on Friday, April 13 from 3:20 – 5:00 pm in Studio 2, Marriott, Second Floor. The panel discussion will focus on the state of diversity in geography, highlighting the recent progress made with regard to diversity in geography, as well as some of the challenges that remain.


GISP Certification

Did you know you can earn GISP credits by participating in the AAG Annual Meeting? Attendance provides several ways to earn necessary points for the “Contributions to the Profession” and “Education” components of becoming a GISP. A workshop entitled GISCI – An Exploration of Professionalism Early in a Career or Profession will take place on Thursday, April 12, from 1:20 – 3:00 pm in Studio 1, Marriott, Second Floor. Prospective GISPs and current GISPs who have questions about renewing their certification are encouraged to attend. Attendance is first-come, first-served.
For more information and materials about careers in geography, visit the Jobs & Careers area of the AAG website.