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Preparing Our Workforce: Hosting Career Discussions

American Geosciences Institute

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About This Course

Welcome to the POW Training Course. Thank you for your participation! We're glad you have decided to make an important contribution to the health of the geoscience discipline by talking with students about careers in our profession. This course is designed to provide you with access to well-tested tools that will aid you in discussing career opportunities in the geosciences. In particular, we encourage you to consider using some of the more non-traditional approaches, which you will work through in this course. Our assessments have shown our materials and methods to be effective at engaging the broad range of students you are likely to meet.

This course will take about 2.5 hours to complete. There are three main sections to the course:

  • Thinking Outside the Box: Examining all types of geoscience careers
  • Workforce trends: Looking at the past to understand the future
  • Networking: The key to landing that geoscience career

  • Additionally, each of these main sections have two sets of objectives:
  • Course Objectives are goals which we are striving to achieve during this course.
  • POW Initiative Presentation Objectives are the goals which we're aiming to achieve during the actual discussions with students and faculty.

  • If you have questions at any point during this course, please email the course instructor Heather Houlton. Let's get started!

    Obtaining Continuing Education Units

    If your course grade is at least 70%, you may apply for 0.25 CEU credit. There is an administrative fee for the issuance of the CEU, and you can view the fee structure here. You can check your final grade by clicking on the Progress menu item in the course navigation menu at the top of the page.

    Requirements

    There are no previous requirements to take this course.

    Course Staff

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    Heather Houlton, MS

    Heather R. Houlton is the Workforce Development, Education and Outreach Specialist at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). Ms. Houlton received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Astronomy/Planetary Science in 2007 and her Master of Science from Purdue University in Geology focusing on Geoscience Education Research in 2010. Her projects at AGI include conducting research to understand the student-to-professional transition by mapping geoscience undergraduate and graduate students’ career trajectories and using these findings to develop and implement career programs. In lieu of this research, she is developing online, competency-based courses for geoscience students and early career professionals to support their transition into the workforce. In addition, Houlton manages diversity-related efforts and the Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship for female graduate students in the geosciences.

    Course Staff

    American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to goli@americangeosciences.org.

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    Do I have to pay a registration fee for the course?

    There is no registration fee for the course. You may view the entire course, and complete all the assessments, assignments, and exams at no cost.

    Are Continuing Education Units available for this course?

    If you would like to receive credit for the course and obtain CEUs, you will need to pass the course with a minimum of a 70%, fill out a form to register for the CEUs, and pay an administrative fee. The administrative fee for CEUs varies for each course. Please see details in the “How to Obtain CEUs” section at the end of each course.

    1. Course Number

      AGI019
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    3. Estimated Effort

      2.5 hours
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