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geography careers workshops


You've now missed four workshops this spring term: two on skills develop and one each on portfolios and resumes. I'm still willing to do a workshop for any group of three or four, I still can find time to meet with you individually for specifics, and I can always find information on Websites to help you.

Please let me know what Geography Careers Workshops you'd like to have next term (and what time frames fit your schedule!) Here are some possibilities.

  • Uncovering Your Skills in Geography
  • Building Resumes
  • Preparing for Interviews
  • Developing Professional Portfolios
  • Talking Yourself into a Job
  • Other topics????

There isn't time to do all of these topics each term, so I'll respond to requests/comment. LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!!!

I'm me!
Cheers, Kate
Geography Dept. Career Resources Coordinator

Description - Preparation for
Uncovering Your Skills in Geography Workshop

Our purpose is to help you build a foundation that will give you the basics for directing your own career, from choosing appropriate courses to deciding your best job search strategies.

It will help you:

  • decide what skills, abilities and qualities you want to emphasize in your future work.
  • recognize what coursework you will need to prepare yourself for that work.
  • focus your resume.
  • build your portfolio collection, and select appropriate parts as you build temporary professional career portfolios for specific needs.
  • prepare for job interviews.
  • articulate your self-description so you can be effective in your job-search process.


Not really, but the more preparation you put in, the more you'll get out of the workshop.

Good (Learning) Experiences

This is a memory exercise that will help you make some choices based on your past pattern of preferences, which may be less obvious than you would think. Find a time when you can sit and think/write without interruptions for at least a half-hour to start, and assume that you may want another time to continue that process, preferably before the workshop, because this seldom all comes to you at once.

Your simple-but-not-"easy" task is to bring up what are defined as Good Experiences, that have happened over the course of your entire life.

A Good Experience must contain three elements.

  • You did it well.
  • You enjoyed doing it.
  • You are proud of it.

Notice that the third element (pride of accomplishment) often eliminates the simply enjoyable experiences in life (a wonderful day outdoors, attending a performance or party).

On the other hand, your Good Experiences do not have to be work-related. They can occur with hobbies, during volunteer activities, or they can be family-related. They can come from any sphere of your life, and they can be large or small, events or actions - whatever you did well, enjoyed and are proud of.

You should make a list of at least a dozen of these Good Experiences, and at least one should have happened before you were 10 years old. In writing them down, you can be as brief as you want, but it's best to at least note the circumstances and (this is the important part) what you did to make it happen. Feel free to write a paragraph or more on each.

The idea is to tease out the pattern of events or activities that makes you feel useful, competent, helpful, good - whatever adjective most applies. We ask for one before age 10 because we find that these patterns tend to show up very early.

Another point to note here is that we are actively looking for your strengths and qualities, as well as skills and abilities that you tend to rely on. We are going to focus on the things you like to do (and you often find yourself doing them again and again), even if you usually discount them as unimportant, irrelevant to your career, or you think "anyone can do that."

We are also going to pay particular attention to your "learning" experiences, that may have influenced the way you learn and the things you prefer to learn about. Many of these experiences will be related to your choice of geography as a major and the choices you have yet to make within geography and regarding your career plans. When you understand these relationships, you will be able to more clearly articulate why and what you want to do with geography.

Once you have collected (and articulated) as many of your traits, qualities, skills and abilities as possible, then you can decide which ones to add to your "marketing package" (including resume and portfolio) that you can offer employers. Of course, deciding what you put into your package means that you are in charge; you are responsible for directing your own career.




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