Strengthen Workforce Preparation in your Program
Support Your Students
Some strategies for supporting your students include:
- Understand the needs of the workforce
In order to prepare your students for the future workforce, you (and they) need to understand what the current workforce looks like. Learn about the needs of and opportunities offered by the future workforce. See more information about employment statistics, information about major employment sectors, and a description of future opportunities that will arise as the current workforce retires.
- Encourage career-oriented thinking from day 1
Don't wait until your students are about to graduate to talk with them about potential careers. Learn more about integrating professional preparation into your program, from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project. While aimed at geoscience departments, the information provided is applicable for a range of departments.
- Showcase diverse career paths
Explore the wide range of careers, both traditional and non-traditional, available to geoscience graduates. Learn more about geoscience careers from the SAGE 2YC project. Give students a glimpse of a day in the life of a professor or instructor through Cutting Edge's collection of academic career profiles. Explore a variety of career profiles beyond academia from Cutting Edge or through the Building Strong Geoscience Departments web page on non-traditional careers.
- Give credit for internships
Internships and other pre-professional opportunities are well-known ways to give students hands-on experience in the world of the working geoscientist. They can also improve student work in the classroom. Learn more about how to incorporate internships and other pre-professional opportunities into your program from the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project.
Connect with Employers & Alumni
Establishing a relationship between your department and local employers can lead to benefits for both sides: students gain awareness of opportunities and build their professional network while employers can get a preview of potential hires. If your department has alumni working at local companies, they can be an invaluable resource during this process.
Maintaining a thriving alumni network can lead to many more advantages. Alumni serve as examples to current students and are often happy to give advice.
Strategies from Building Strong Geoscience Departments: