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.
Scroll down to see all past Forums.

Date/Time Post Title Speaker Resource
Apr 15, 2013 Developing Regional Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analyses: How I get paid to do real geology in cool places Laura Glaser
Mar 15, 2013 Remaining Marketable while Unemployed Erin Anna Zike Ward Link
Mar 8, 2013 Environmental Consulting & Secondary Education: Perspectives on 2 Different Career Paths Josh Graham Link
Mar 1, 2013 Covering the Basics - Preparing yourself for a variety of career paths Courtney Hart Link
Feb 22, 2013 A Day in the Life of an Environmental Geologist Loretta Kwong
Feb 1, 2013 How to Avoid Living with Your Parents after Cal. Work, travel, and Gradschool. Eric Winchell
Nov 16, 2012 Life After Cal: A look inside the public and private sectors through a the eyes of a geologist Keith Foster
Nov 9, 2012 How to meander your way to grad school, and enjoy life once you get there Joel Scheingross Link
Nov 2, 2012 Paid Summer Research, Undergraduate Scholarships, and Graduate Fellowships Liv Detrick Link
Oct 26, 2012 Environmental Consulting and Graduate School: A Candid Testimony of Mistakes, Successes, and Lessons Learned Charlie Paradis
Oct 19, 2012 Life After Cal: Tips from a Recent Graduate on Coursework, Graduate School, Resumes, Interviews, and a Sneak Preview Into the World of Environmental Consulting Nina Fitch Link
Apr 27, 2012 Leveraging an EPS Degree into a Successful Career: Environmental Consulting Mauricio Escobar & Nick Walchuk
Apr 20, 2012 A UC Berkeley Geologist in Big Oil, A Stranger in a Strange Land Bruce Bilodeau
Apr 6, 2012 Geoscience Education Through New Technology Kate Quigley
Mar 23, 2012 Getting a foot in the door--A view into the world of part-time teaching Russell McArthur Link
Mar 16, 2012 Modeling Catastrophes: From Faults to Families and other things that matter Trey Appel Link
Mar 9, 2012 Geology right out my window: Faculty and administrative work at a small California Community College Derek Lerch Geophysics
Mar 2, 2012 Teaching, and how I got here with a geology degree (Special note: Time 4:10-5:00) Misato Araki
Feb 24, 2012 From small farms to middle school classrooms: Geoscience education in formal and informal environments Chris Lewis Link
Feb 17, 2012 Clean Air Heads Lan Ma Atmospheric Link