Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Geophysics

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
Feb 10, 2012 Graduate Studies in Hydrogeology: a crash course in admission, coursework, and research Charles Paradis Link
Feb 3, 2012 Tax-payer funded research at a privately-run lab: The new face of forensic seismology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Sean Ford Link
Apr 19, 2011 EPS Beyond the Degree: Perspectives on Environmental Consulting Nick Walchuk & Mauricio Escobar
Apr 12, 2011 A Day in the Life of an Environmental Geologist Loretta Kwong Link
Mar 29, 2011 The Road from EPS to an Environmental Consulting Firm of 14. Scott Stromberg
Mar 8, 2011 High School Teacher Credentialing Programs- A personal Perspective Josh Graham Link
Feb 8, 2011 Career Strategies and Experiences in Applied Science and Engineering: Practice through Public Service Arthur Reis
Jan 25, 2011 Environmental Consulting: a candid testimony of mistakes, successes, and lessons learned Charlie Paradis Link
Nov 3, 2010 Some lessons learned from a career in the energy business Phil Behrman
Oct 19, 2010 Avoiding the online resume black hole Nick Odlam
Oct 4, 2010 What I learned in the first 5 years of my career working in state government Erik Oerter
Sep 20, 2010 Advice From a Recent Grad On Getting a Job Nina Fitch
Apr 29, 2010 Finding stuff is more fun than knowing stuff: a career in geothermal exploration William Teplow
Apr 22, 2010 Education: Teaching, Tutoring, and Flexibility Daniel Mayeri
Apr 8, 2010 Environmental consulting - is it for you? Josh Graham
Feb 25, 2010 EPS Beyond the Degree: Perspectives on Environmental Consulting Nick Walchuk & Mauricio Escobar
Oct 28, 2009 Mining Montana Brett Davidheiser-Kroll Link
Oct 28, 2009 Oceanography: Future Science Questions and Research Opportunities Jim Murray Link
Sep 16, 2009 Beyond Earth Science- Leveraging Your Degree. Delphine Prevost
Sep 16, 2009 A Career in Environmental Consulting Lucas Goldstein