AGI WORKFORCE PROGRAM: CAREER RESOURCES FOR ALL GEOSCIENTISTS
One strategy for preparing faculty and non-academic professionals to discuss geoscience career opportunities is called the Preparing our Workforce (POW) initiative. POW provides an asynchronous online course designed to provide information about careers and strategies for equipping students and graduates with the appropriate toolset to secure employment. Additionally, AGI is dedicated to increasing the visibility of and access to geoscience careers and professionals through networking lunches, web resources and research studies. AGI’s most recent study partnered with the Association of American Geographers (AAG) to investigate which skills and competencies are taught within non-PhD preparatory Master’s programs, and which of these competencies are most important within the geoscience workforce. A full report of these data was published in late summer and resources for assessing the preparedness of students within Master’s programs were developed to help faculty and administrators align their efforts with employer needs. Finally, data regarding employment opportunities, internships, and career goals will be presented.