How is your Program Helping Students Prepare for the Jobs they Want?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am E Building 220

Session Chairs

Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

In this workshop, we will help you make more explicit connections between the skills you are building in your geoscience programs and the skills that geoscience employers (and graduate schools) are seeking. You will explore strategies to help prepare students for the workforce including designing curricula that allow students to practice in-demand skills for bachelors-level geoscientists, helping students recognize and reflect on the skills they are practicing, and guiding students' exploration of possible careers and further education.


We all want our students to be successful in their post-graduate lives. What can we do to better support students in making this transition? How can we help students explore possible careers and recognize the skills they are gaining in our programs?  What do we know about where geoscientists are hired and what skills they need in the workforce?  As a community, where and how are we helping students gain the skills they need and what strategies are we using to support their career development? In this workshop we will help you connect things you are already doing in your programs (and perhaps think about some new possibilities) to what undergraduate geoscience students need to be successful in their post-graduate lives.

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Target Audience

This workshop is designed for faculty or teams of faculty at any type of post-secondary institution who are interested in student success and helping their students transition to employment or graduate school.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align desired geoscience workforce skills with curricular and co-curricular experiences in their own degree programs
  • Describe strategies for helping students prepare for the workforce and graduate school through career exploration and connecting their educational experiences to skill development
  • Create an action plan for incorporating career readiness and skills development into a course and/or program 


This workshop will be highly interactive. Participants can expect to discuss ideas with peers, explore data and resources, and develop an action plan.

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