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Careers and professional development activities at the AAG’s Annual Meeting have continued to expand and broaden. Thanks in part to positive feedback and attendance, the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco will once again feature the Jobs and Careers Center, a centralized location where conference attendees can attend panel discussions, participate in workshops, receive free career mentoring, view job postings, network with other geographers, and browse a variety of materials and information on careers in geography.

This year’s track will include over 50 panel and paper sessions, workshops, and field trips related to careers and professional development. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from working as a geographer in the public, private, nonprofit, or academic sector, to networking, to becoming a certified GIS Professional (GISP), to designing creative web maps and apps with your work. New events this year include the Career Strategy Series, a series of three workshops led by professional geographers focusing on networking, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing for employment. In addition to the many sessions taking place within the Jobs and Careers Center, dozens more careers and professional development sessions will take place at various locations throughout the meeting. The complete schedule of activities is available online at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/jobs_center.

Experienced professionals, educators, and graduate students will be available to provide informal mentoring on a walk-in basis during daily career mentoring sessions, from 10:00-11:40 am, Tuesday through Friday, March 29 – April 1. Topics for discussion may include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer’s attention; finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work; developing and maintaining personal and professional networks; long-term career planning; and more. Visitors can also browse job postings and student opportunities in the Jobs and Careers Center at any time during the career mentoring sessions or between scheduled sessions and workshops.

The Jobs and Careers Center will be located in Yosemite A & B, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level. The careers information table will be staffed and accessible each day for general questions, information, and resources and will be open daily from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. There is no additional cost for registered conference attendees to visit the Jobs and Careers Center. However, pre-registration is required to participate in some workshops. Workshop information is available at www.aag.org/annualmeeting/workshops.

For more information and materials about careers in geography, visit the Jobs & Careers area of the AAG website (www.aag.org/careers). For more on the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting, visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting.