Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate

Alumni Student Careers Forum

Place: 325 McCone Hall
Time: Fridays, 3 to 4 pm

George Brimhall, Faculty Organizer
Nadine Spingola-Hutton, Student Affairs Officer

Purpose: While attendance at UC presents to students the nature of academic careers through daily interaction with faculty and staff, a diverse range of careers outside of the research university environment are also worthwhile exploring upon graduation. Towards this end, our speakers program provides a conversational forum for UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students to become more aware of the spectrum of career opportunities in the geosciences through alumni lectures, personal interaction, and networking in a manner that models community building and collaboration. Our Forum explores and affirms the excitement, societal relevance, and employment in both the public and private sectors ranging from the energy and minerals industry, government research agencies, environmental protection and restoration, K-12 through Community College education, and regulatory agencies on the local, state, and federal levels. All speakers explain their own paths in finding their current job and highlight key priorities. Workplace safety, critical reasoning, professional ethics, public speaking, and respectful interaction are all life skills stressed in many of the presentations.To further humanize the various types of jobs and their essential place in our lives, we often discuss practical details about work schedules, transitons in life, childcare, benfits, and work environments. We intend that these forums will expand our academic advisory functions and assist students in better calibrating their life's compass and thus help them discover their own personal future. Talks may also help students develop a more coherent academic program that better prepares them for the future. For example, speakers may highlight preferred fields of knowledge such as risk assessment that may not be included in our major requirements. Many speakers discuss the value of having professional registration as geologists. Teachers discuss certification for K through 5th grade by passing the CSET Multiple Subject Test and 6th through 12 grade by passing the CSET Single Subject exam in Earth and planetary science administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing which is based on both the Subject Matter Requirments for teachers and the Content Standards for K-12 education in California.
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Date/Time Post Title Speaker Resource
Apr 24, 2015 Going out to the Field: Geology, Artillery, and Medicine Evan Kha
Apr 17, 2015 Environmental Consulting in the Bay Area Randal Bleicher - Staff Geologist, Cornerstone Earth Group
Mar 13, 2015 Environmental Geologist Peter McIntyre, Executive Vice President, Principal Geologist - AEI Consultants
Mar 6, 2015 Education: Public and Private Schools vs. Private Tutoring Daniel Mayeri - Mathematics and Physics Education, Mayeri Education Link
Feb 27, 2015 The Long Walk: How a Degree in Environmental Earth Science Led to a Career in Emergency Medicine Michael Gerstein, MD - Emergency Physician, Kaiser Permanente
Feb 6, 2015 My Geodesy: From BSL Student Researcher to the Plate Boundary Observatory Ryan Turner, Field Engineering with UNAVCO, Inc.
Apr 18, 2014 A peek into my experience with the MA program, job hunting, & environmental consulting Brooke Rumley
Apr 4, 2014 Geology and Drinking Water Shreya Ramesh
Mar 21, 2014 Fire, landslides, and faults in the public service Kevin Schmidt
Mar 14, 2014 Teaching climate change in Yosemite National Park with science and history Greg Stock
Feb 21, 2014 EVENT IS CANCELED Cathy Busby
Nov 22, 2013 The Really Big Game: Career Decisions and Environmental Consulting Mauricio Escobar and Nick Walchuk
Nov 15, 2013 Life after Cal: Adapting to change and enjoying your time in Graduate School Tyler Seaman Link
Nov 8, 2013 Teaching and the Work/Life Balancing Act David Kojan
Oct 18, 2013 From High School Teaching to Designing Curriculum: Inspiring the Next Generation of Earth Scientists Sara Walkup Link
Oct 11, 2013 Art, Farming, and Education: The Sustainability Revolution and Community Empowerment for Creative Practice Michele Saeger
Oct 4, 2013 A research career in the U.S. Geological Survey; academic preparation, current projects, and the roleof science in society today Brian Collins Link
May 3, 2013 Navigating the (ground)waters from geology to hydrology to meteorology: the path from environmental consulting to postdoctoral researcher John Willams
Apr 26, 2013 Military Leadership Experience: Subsequent Career Options and Doors Open for Veterans Mike McGehee
Apr 19, 2013 Pathway through school and life as a consultant in the Mother Lode David Belt