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Caring and sharing at the AGI

By [email protected] - 26th June 2015 - 08:47

This year we decided that we wanted to do more to help our younger members and, in March, launched the AGIâs Early Careers Network. By establishing a brand new volunteer support network and a programme of events targeted at young professionals, we hope to provide greater encouragement to develop careers in the geographic information industry. â©

Targeted eventsâ©

We are also working with our colleagues in The Royal Geographical Society and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society to align activities that will help younger professionals build their careers and their case for Chartered Geographer accreditation. â©

If you have less than 10 yearsâ work experience and are interested in becoming part of this network, please send an email stating your interest to [email protected] and we will add you to our mailing list of future events and activities. â©

Peer supportâ©

AGI Members often tell us that getting involved and actively engaging with their peers is one of the most valued benefits of their membership, so here are a few ideas to get you started:â©

  • Join the AGI either on a corporate or individual level to make a difference by getting involved. For example, joining a Special Interest Group (or start your own if you spot a gap, why not?)â©
  • We have national and regional groups too, so why not find out about them and join in one that meets near you?â©
  • Enter a colleagueâs or your own innovative GI project for the AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence 2015.â©
  • Come along to our events, which are topical, insightful and forward looking.â©
  • Submit a paper for any of our remaining Geo: The Big 5 series of events in 2015, especially for our annual conference GeoCom: Resilient Futures, being held in November.â©
  • Encourage your colleagues to join the Early Careers Network, mentioned earlier.â©
  • Look out for jobs in GI which our members advertise on our website.â©


As part of its campaign, the AGI recently conducted an online survey to better understand the challenges faced by Early Career Professionals. All responses to the survey, which closed in mid-June, were anonymised by the AGI Office team prior to analysis by the ECN team. The results of the survey will help the Association more effectively tailor the scheme to meet real-world needs and expectations.

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