Some common career questions and answers
Why did you choose your profession?
I chose to go in to the field of environmental science because I have always had a very strong interest in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. As I delved deeper during my undergraduate studies the environmental sector emerged as the best way to combine the science disciplines I was passionate about with a marketable practice. I became interested in geospatial analysis during my graduate degree program. As a visually-oriented person I am attracted to aesthetic presentation of information, so geographic information science and satellite imaging naturally appealed to me due to the visual representation of scientific data.
What are you working on right now?
It has become clear to me that having an understanding of data science and basic programming skills would be useful in the environmental and GIS fields, so I have been using online resources such as Udemy to delve into those subjects. I am also continuing to hone my geospatial skills by completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems through Penn State's World Campus.
What are your long-term goals?
I would like to gain a solid knowledge base of the technical operation in a well-established organization and eventually move to a position that involves making major decisions. I enjoy working on the fine details of projects; however, I am “big picture” oriented and believe that I will have a lot to offer at the decision-making level.
What qualities separate you from others with similar skills and experience?
The biggest thing that sets me apart is my high interest and willingness to learn new concepts and technology. I am comfortable pushing myself to learn in situations that might seem daunting to others. This is especially important for someone like me that is in the first stages of their career.