Career Development Academy

Join us at the Career Development Academy on Thursday afternoon, September 21, 2017!

This year’s CDA will offer a panel presentation followed by a roundtable discussion on Career Transitions, with attention paid to framing prior experience and assessing the potential benefits of continuing education. 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 in the discussion. Additionally, GIS experts will host “speed-dating” review application materials. Participants are encouraged to bring a sample resume and/or cover letter to the booth for review. Attendance is complimentary.

Sign up will begin Wednesday morning at the conference. (Note: as soon as we determine the location of the CDA we will add that here)

Schedule

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Panel – Your next chapter: Charting Your Career Path
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Resume Review

 

Panel - Your Next Chapter: Charting Your Career Path

The CDA panel session will bring together panelists with diverse experiences to discuss with participants the planning for and achieving a successful career transition. The panel will focus on framing prior experience and assessing opportunities for charting new career paths, and/or advancing career paths. The focus on career transitions will include a broad range of transitions, for example – from university to the workforce, from public to private sector, the from mid-career roles to leadership. The panelists will offer a few opening thoughts, and this will be followed by an interactive discussion section where participants will have the opportunity to engage with panelists on specific aspects of career transitions that relate to participant interests. The panelists are affiliated with University of Colorado System, Metropolitan State University, U.S. Air Force, Town of Monument, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Tierra Plan. 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.

Resume Review

GIS experts will host group and individual “speed-review” of application materials. The structure is designed to provide rapid feedback on resume and/or cover letter materials from GIS specialists with varied expertise and backgrounds. Participants are encouraged to bring 5-6 copies of their resume and/or cover letter to the speed-review event, and utilize this opportunity to receive constructive feedback aimed at helping individuals advance their careers.

Participating Organizations

The following organizations will be participating in the “Speed Review” roundtables:

• Town of Castle Rock
• University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
• GIS inc
• Metropolitan State University
• Town of Monument
• Tierra Plant
• The Exodus Roadt
• Terra Incognita LLC