The 2007 career panel was held at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Want to explore career opportunities for science majors? Want to learn how to network effectively? Want to discuss whether you should go right to graduate school after your bachelor's degree? The Maryland Sea Grant career panel addresses these questions and many more, presenting REU students with a range of career possibilities in academia and non-academic arenas.
At the panel discussion, employers and former students talk about what they do, how they got there, and what opportunities might be available to undergraduates and graduates in their field. Panelists always have great tips about what to do and not to do to land that first job, interview or graduate school position. If you don't think networking is important, you will after this discussion! Students will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the panel and will eat lunch together afterward.
In the past, participating organizations have included:
Coastal States Organization
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Fish and Wildlife Service
General Counsel Office, Ocean Services, NOAA
Maryland Department Natural Resources
National Center for Environmental Research, EPA
Office of Marine Conservation, State Department
Potomac-Hudson Engineering, Inc.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
What do students have to stay about panels in years past?
"I somewhat have an idea of what career path I want to take, but the panel approach was very useful. I underestimated the importance of networking to land a good position."
"I think the career panel was extremely helpful — because I am interested in research — though I have a larger interest in non-academic careers. The panel served as a broad spectrum of career possibilities and opened my eyes to positions that I wouldn't necessarily find on my own."
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