Facilitating Students' Professional Pathways
Many 2YC students lack an understanding of their professional and occupational opportunities; the pathways to those opportunities; and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to succeed. In order for students to access those opportunities, faculty and programs need to help them navigate not only through institutions of higher education but also onto a professional path beyond their doors.
Show students that there is a place for them in the discipline, that geoscience careers have high status and are well compensated, and that there are careers available through multiple education levels.
Help students build a community with peers on campus and connect to networks of professionals that can help them move forward along their path.
Students can't see themselves in careers they don't know exist. Prepare them with information about potential careers, teach them job-related skills beyond content, and connect them with campus career resources.
Real-world experiences yield significant positive results in terms of student learning, persistence in the geosciences, and career preparedness. Research opportunities, internships, and field experiences can be important parts of students' preparation.