Friday, April 15, 2016

GIS4043/L - Introduction to GIS - Student Spotlight

Participation Assignment #2:  Dream GIS Job Search

This is the last Student Spotlight for Spring semester so we thought we would do something a little different. This week we are sharing one of the course participation assignments from GIS4043. In this assignment students were asked to conduct an internet search for their "dream" GIS job and identify skills they have or those that they need to acquire. 

Identifying GIS skills now will help students build their GIS resume (a requirement for GIS Internship course). Conducting a job search at the end of their first semester with us hopefully provides students insight to the industry and a personal goal to strive for.


Chris Crawford! Chris found a position for a GIS Specialist who works directly in the Police Technical Services Division of the City of Palo Alto, CA. The specialist updates and maintains the city’s emergency dispatch database and helps to ensure first responders respond more efficiently. Chris is a certified corrections officer and formerly-certified law enforcement.

Chris' desire to match his heart for public service in law enforcement with a position that could use his GIS knowledge compelled us to pick him as our spotlight this week. Let's face it... modern law enforcement needs visualized information and location analytics to empower frontline officers and commanders with better decision making. We think this "dream" job is a great choice!

Follow Chris' progress at his student blog:

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