Employer Perspectives

It's important that 2YC programs are designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies they will need to be successful in the workforce or when they transfer on to further study. The best source of this information is the employers who will be looking to hire your students after graduation. Here are some first-hand accounts of the kinds of abilities that will make your students into hireable assets for companies and agencies looking for geoscience expertise.

Employer Presentations

Geoscience employers at SAGE 2YC workshops have shared information about geoscience careers in their fields, the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that they are looking for in employees, and advice and suggestions for potential employees.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Desired by Employers

What knowledge, skills and abilities will your students' future employers be looking for? The Building Strong Geoscience Departments project interviewed a variety of geoscience employers and recent employees to ask them. And even though every career (and every job) is different, you can read what the interviewees had to say about the what was considered valuable by employers and by employees.

Geospatial Technology Competency Model

In collaboration with GeoTech Center, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with industry and education leaders to develop a comprehensive competency model for Geospatial Technology. A competency model is a collection of multiple competencies that together define successful performance in a defined work setting. A model provides a clear description of what a person needs to know and be able to do – the knowledge, skills, and abilities – to perform well in a specific job, occupation, or industry. You can use the diagram on the competency model page to explore the different competencies that have been identified as necessary for success in this field, such as several areas of personal effectiveness and also core geospatial knowledge.