Alumni visit Professional Development in Geography course
Oregon Geography alumni Mike Engelmann (BS 1998) and Jacob Blair (BS 2006, MA 2008) visited GEOG 399, Professional Development in Geography on May 20th with instructor (and alum, PhD 2012) Leslie McLees. Along with PhD candidate Anna Moore, they reflected on their experiences working in the government sector. Mike is a GIS Analyst for the City of Springfield in the Development and Public Works Department and Jacob Blair (formerly known as JB around the department) works as a GIS Analyst, Developer and System Administrator for the Lane Council of Governments in Eugene.
The Professional Development class got to hear about the various encounters, opportunities and interests that led these guest to their current positions. In this class the emphasis is less on ‘how to get a job,’ and more on how to figure out a student’s interests, skills, networks and ability to take advantage of opportunities to find a career path. This session focused on government work and the realities of working for more bureaucratic institutions.