2017 Geospatial Career and Networking Fair – April 26th

Reality is coming… are you ready?!

Students!  Join us for an outstanding opportunity to learn about finding internship opportunities, and making the leap into the working world after graduation. Representatives from 12 area employers are coming to campus to give you FREE advice on how you can maximize your opportunities as you think toward the future.

The format for the geospatial career fair is intended to be casual, and low-pressure. Employers will be setup in an open room at 12 different tables.  All you need to do is show up, wander around, and ask questions… no appointments necessary!  For more details, see the frequently asked questions below.

When: Wednesday, April 26th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where:  Gordon Commons and Event Center (770 W. Dayton St), Concerto Room – 241B
Who: American Family Insurance, Applied Ecological Services, Ayres Associates, Continental Mapping, County Government Representatives, Esri, Fishing Hot Spots, HERE, Mapping Specialists, RoadView, State Agency Representatives, TDS Telecommunications

GIS Professional Career Panel (10:00 to 11:00 a.m.)

A special roundtable session will be held in the Concerto Room featuring five women panelists kicking off the event discussing their experiences and perspectives as geospatial professionals featuring: Emily Champagne, GIS Supervisor; Kelly Felton, Land Information Officer; Kim Ness Sundeen, GIS Analyst/Developer; Zihan Song, Second year Master student; Marcy Bidney, Curator/Assistant Director.

Job Talks (1:00 to 1:45 p.m.)

Representatives from Continental Mapping and TDS Telecommunications are presenting their advice on geospatial employment at 1:00 and 1:25, respectively:

What you need to know to go ‘Geo’” presented by Raquel Charrois, Continental Mapping, Sun Prairie.

Finding your way: Preparing for a career in GIS” presented by Josh Camacho, Shane Dorgan, and Aaron Schuck, TDS Telecommunications, Madison.

New Addition!  Esri will be on campus Tuesday evening (4/25/17) in Science Hall Rm 180 (6 to 8 p.m.) to discuss careers and culture at their company. Free pizza!  Check out their flyer for more info.


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect?
Employers will be setup in an open room at 12 different tables.  All you need to do is show up, wander around, and ask questions… no appointments necessary!  Don’t be shy about talking to each company representative, everyone attending the event is eager to help you take the next step in your career.

Do I need to get dressed up?
No.  Maybe do a little better than your torn up soccer sweatshirt from high school, but no need to dress like you would for an interview.

Do I need to stay the whole two hours?
No.  You can show up whenever you like, and stay as long as you like.

Should I bring a resume?
If you have one ready, yes… it certainly can’t hurt.  However, understand that many of the employers present may not have positions open at this time. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be hiring in the near future.  Don’t skip the career fair just because you don’t have a resume ready!

Should I expect to be interviewed on the spot?
No.  This is intended to be an informal event where you can get to know the employees from the companies represented, understand what they do, and ask questions.

I’m not interested in any of the companies that will be there, should I still attend?
Yes. You will still learn a lot from the wisdom present in the room!  Remember though, you need to be prepared to ask good questions.

I don’t plan to stay in Wisconsin after graduation, why should I attend?
Because this is a great learning opportunity to find out what skills companies are looking for, both technical and non-technical.  No matter the location, employers seek the same aptitudes in new graduates.

I’m not a student at UW-Madison, can I still come?
You bet.  All students from any college/university are welcome at this event.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Contact at the State Cartographers Office in 384 Science Hall, 262-6850.