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Old 08-02-2012, 09:43 AM
Status: "I hate living in Georgia!!" (set 10 days ago)
 
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On Tuesday I received my BA in Geography. I couldn't have been happier. Now reality is setting in. I have been having trouble finding any work. I have been turned down from so many jobs. Every job I've looked up, it requires at least 2 or 3 years experience, maybe more. Right now I'm looking for jobs in cartography, GIS, surveying, and other things related to geography. Finding a posting that takes a geography degree isn't the problem. Finding a job that doesn't require experience is next to impossible. I'm willing to relocate out of state. In fact, I want to. However, the problem is finding anything. I'm wondering what is going to happen to other college students right now.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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Thats like that for every college grad. Unless you went to an Ivy and got a 4.0, you're competing in a repairing job market. People that were laid off that have experience are accepting jobs that require no experience. not only that there are hundreds of people applying to basically every job. The advice that I would give you would be to get an internship. I know it sounds odd, because internships used to be things that you got while you were in school. now with the job market, it's a good idea to get one upon graduation as well. I also don't know how big the geography job market is either.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:56 AM
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Thats like that for every college grad. Unless you went to an Ivy and got a 4.0, you're competing in a repairing job market. People that were laid off that have experience are accepting jobs that require no experience. not only that there are hundreds of people applying to basically every job. The advice that I would give you would be to get an internship. I know it sounds odd, because internships used to be things that you got while you were in school. now with the job market, it's a good idea to get one upon graduation as well. I also don't know how big the geography job market is either.
I already had an internship, and the last one I had, it didn't pay.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles Area
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Other college students will be facing the same thing u are experiencing. Companies now want very narrowed experience and don't want to train new people.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:27 PM
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Other college students will be facing the same thing u are experiencing. Companies now want very narrowed experience and don't want to train new people.
Perhaps, but I was banking on this idea. A company might want someone they can train in the company way so the rookie won't question anything. I was counting on that.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:31 PM
 
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Companies recruiting at your college is very important now.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:36 PM
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Companies recruiting at your college is very important now.
I know how important that is. Sadly, there aren't many in the Geography/GIS department coming to recruit at my university. At most career fairs, it is mainly the business, accounting, nursing, finance majors that seem to be represented the most.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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Are you labbing at home with ArcGIS? Make a website with some cartography. Do something .
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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Broaden your scope to geophysics.

I gag to say this, but look at oil companies. They usually have geophysicists on staff and could probably use a gopher to bat around. Also consider vulcanology and other sciences, although they'll lean toward grad students. Take a remote posting in the Rockies checking monitors.

Navtech. TomTom/Garmin, etc.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:32 PM
 
Location: On the edge of the universe
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This is rather typical of the job market for recent grads. I would try to see if you can get something like a temp job in geography since many professional jobs seem to be leaning that way.
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