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Integrate Professional Preparation into your Program

Written by Carol Ormand & Molly Kent, based on ideas compiled from the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals and the 2013 Geoscience in the 21st Century Workforce workshop

Preparing your students for their future careers isn't something you do just once... it's an integral part of their education. Advising, curriculum development, seminar series, internships, and more all contribute to your students' professional preparation.

Examples

Go to http://serc.carleton.edu/departments/professional/support.html

Stages of Involvement in Preparing Students for Careers

These guidelines are based on discussions at the 2013 Geoscience in the 21st Century Workforce workshop and stem from work by Heather Macdonald (College of William and Mary), Sen Chiao (San Jose State University), Chris Sinton (Ithaca College), Rick Ford (Weber State University).

Title slide from Macdonald presentation, Professional Prep workshop
Undergraduate Professional Development, College of William and Mary

Heather Macdonald gave a presentation on What Opportunities, When: A Framework for Professional Development (PowerPoint 4.2MB Jan19 07) at the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals. In it, she asks: What professional traits do we want our students to develop? How can we help them to develop those traits? How does this relate to career advising at different stages?

Title slide from Hluchy presentation, Professional Prep workshop
HazMat Training, Alfred University

When Michele Hluchy wanted to help her students find internships in the environmental industry, she discovered that most such positions required 40 hours of OSHA training in handling hazardous materials. So she developed a course to fulfill that need, described in this presentation: Hazardous Materials: A Course to Help Prepare Geologists for Employment in the Environmental Industry (PowerPoint 3.3MB Jan11 07)

Title slide from McKenna presentation, Professional Prep workshop
Professional Development for Graduate Students, MIT

Vicki McKenna gave a presentation on Enhancing the EAPS Graduate Program: Designing a series of professional development workshops (PowerPoint 386kB Jan11 07) at the 2007 workshop on the Role of Departments in Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.

Cornell poster, 2007 workshop on preparing geoscience professionals
Internships, Shippensburg University

Sean Cornell describes his department's mandatory internship program for majors (Walk the Plank (Acrobat (PDF) 126kB Jan8 07)) in this poster from the 2007 workshop on Preparing Future Geoscience Professionals.

Internationalization, College of William and Mary

Laurie Koloski, Director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary, suggests ways to help your students develop a global perspective in this presentation: Internationalization: Implications for Your Students Within and Beyond the Curriculum. (Microsoft Word 24kB Jan19 07)

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