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How to secure a job in GIS?

  • 20 November 2020
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I have a BS in meteorology and MS in geosciences. I am taking the GIS series to hopefully make a career change. I am an older student and feel like companies will not hire me because of my age despite my experience and skills. Do you have an advice for securing a job In GIS when I complete the five course series?

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First of all, it sounds like you have the skills and the experience to support your career transition, and that’s what’s important.

It’s not uncommon for older job seekers to be concerned about age - but it does not mean that there is something you need to do differently. I once coached a software project manager who had been laid off at the age of 73, and he ended up with 7 offers from top tech companies in the Silicon Valley within a few months. He achieved that by doing exactly what any job seeker needs to do to stand out: fully committing himself to the job search process and engaging his network. 

To put your mind at ease, you can also do a little extra research on companies that you are considering applying to. Company cultures vary in many ways, and some might have a younger workforce than others. I recommend running a People Search on LinkedIn for “GIS” using your target company as a filter, and you’ll get a sense of whether the people working there are the type of people you would like to be coworkers with. 

Best of luck with your search!


Hello, Sir. I am an undergraduate student in meteorology and now I’m currently on my final year, working on my final project. If you’d like to help me with my project I’d be really grateful. Please contact me if you’d like, my student email: [Email address removed by moderator to protect privacy; please use private messages to share contact information]

All the best for all of us, Sir!