Welcome to the Grand Finale of our National Geography Awareness Week Story Series in partnership with the National Geographic Society!  We're celebrating this special week by highlighting five innovative young professionals and students who are blazing their own paths in geography.  Listen in on the group chat, then explore their individual geo journeys:

Celebrate National Geography Awareness Week!

Learn how young professionals are redefining what is means to be a geographer in a 15 minute group chat.

Explore their Geo Journeys:

geo business starter
globetrotter & student
geo business starter
nat geo 
startup incubator

Interview led by Rachel Kornak, GISP, Creative Director & Editor of GeoPivot Magazine.  This story series is brought to you by National Geographic Education in celebration of 2013 National Geography Awareness Week and the 125th birthday of the National Geographic Society. Check out their blog for more exciting geography stories.  Special thanks to Justine Kendall, the Geography Awareness Week Program Coordinator for making this story series possible.
Geospatial professional development and job hunting can be scary...kind of like jumping out of a plane.   That's why I did it tandem - with an expert by my side. 
Watch me leap from 10,000 ft.  Slovenia, '08.
The same is true for your geo-journey.  It's a lot less intimidating if you have access to advice and friendly faces from the geo-community. 

Introducing...GeoPivot Magazine.  

Join our crew, where we laugh at snafus, share personal stories, and meet up with other job-seeking geo-peeps.

Sometimes you have to JUMP OUT of your comfort zone to move forward!  Read on to find out how you can get started today:
  • Explore our first round of geo-stories from friends at Esri, Penn State, the University of Southern California, the Association of American Geographers, and more! 
  • Stay in touch as we meet up with more students, emerging leaders, and job seekers.
  • Hey!  Where do you think you're going?  Don't forget to share your own story and pass this message along to all of your friends.
- Rachel Kornak, GISP, GeoPivot Editor and GIS Instructor, Penn State.  Redlands, California.
By Rachel Kornak, GISP, GeoPivot Editor & GIS Instructor, Penn State. Redlands, California.
OK, I admit it...the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting wasn't really in Hollywood.  But it sure was close...just right down the street in downtown Los Angeles.  Being so close to Tinseltown inspired me to create my own movie about the Geo Community.  

Check out the results from the GeoPivot Conference Cam (a.k.a. my iPhone).  I captured mini-interviews with three first-time attendees at different stages in their geo-journeys.
Meet The Cast
  • Ray Tripp is a career flipper who pivoted into GIS after his career in finance crashed with the market.  He went back to school and is about to graduate!  
  • Tim Dewland is a recent grad from Penn State's Online GIS Certificate Program and on the prowl for his first GIS job.  
  • Urvashi Banerjea is an undergrad who jumped out of her comfort zone and presented a poster at her very first conference
Urvashi Banerjea, Undergrad Student. 

Remember haikus, the petite poems from high school english class?  The good old days of 5-7-5 syllables are back...this time geo-style.  

The Cloud

Dark fat clouds drop rain;
grain grows; we eat; now send back
data, dreams, as thanks.

-By Ben Wisner

Geo Job Hunting

Five years, two degrees.
Why can’t I find a darn job?!?
Interns don’t pay bills.

-By Tom Zumbado

Are you a geo poet too?  Submit your haiku for our next issue.  Pick any topic related to the geospatial field and use your imagination...and maybe a calculator.
By Aja Davidson, GIS Analyst I, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, Texas
David Parr, a friend from Texas State University, recently asked me to be a guest speaker for his undergraduate GIS classes. 

He thought I could help shed light on the seemingly mysterious process of getting a job out of school, as I had landed my first GIS position at a state agency the prior year.  

Here’s what I wish someone had told me...