Career Development Academy

Join us at the Career Development Academy (CDA) on Thursday afternoon, September 20, 2018!

This year’s CDA will offer presentations by Richard Serby of Geosearch, Inc. followed by mock interviews with GIS Professionals (timeslots are limited).

The interactive session is designed for any individual seeking to, or anticipating, transition from one stage of their career to another. Students, early career professionals, and seasoned GIS specialists are all invited to participate. Attendance is complimentary and conference registration is not required to participate in CDA.

Sign up for mock interview slots will begin Wednesday morning at the conference. CDA will begin at 2pm in the Aspen room.


September 20, 2018

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM State of Geospatial
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Careers by Design
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Mock interviews Round 1
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Mock interviews Round 2


Presentations - Your Next Chapter: Charting Your Career Path

“State of Geospatial” includes data and statistics about employment, skills in high demand, which areas of the country are hot job markets, and related information about the geospatial employment market.

“Careers by Design” outlines an approach to take control of your own career direction and describes exercises for self-assessment.

Mock Interviews (Sign-up required at the registration desk)

Practice an interview with a GIS professional. Each GIS professional will hold 15min interviews with 2 individual participants. Anyone looking to get practice making a first impression and answering interview questions should sign up.

Pre-Conference Resume Review

Get tips and feedback from a GeoSpatial employment specialist. Complementary resume review is available ( for anyone in the midst of a job search, those who are gearing up for a big transition, and people who prefer to maintain an up to date resume. Common suggestions are related to formatting, skillset language that will be flagged appropriately by auto-filters, and guidance to present experience in a way that is most appealing to employers. Submit your resume to GeoSearch, Inc. for constructive feedback aimed at helping individuals advance their careers.