26 Mar 2009
As the concept of GEOINT, along with the proliferation of consumer mapping and Web 2.0 tools, has grown over the past five years, so has the overall interest of young people looking for a promising and challenging career in the field. We all know it is vital to nurture the next generation of government employees — particularly those interested in a career in the intelligence community. A major mission for the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is to provide a spotlight on young GEOINTers and to showcase how a a career in GEOINT can be challenging and very exciting.
Last night, folks from USGIF attended the Loudoun County Diversity in Education College and Career Fair and the response to having a career in GEOINT was overwhelming. We ended up giving out boat-load of geoint? t-shirts and many students expressed a strong interest in learning about careers in our tradecraft.
Coincidentally, The Washington Post came out with an article today about how young people are clamoring for jobs in the government sector. The combination of President Obama vowing to make working in government “cool,” along with the down economy, has created a strong demand for federal jobs. What is even more interesting is that careers in the CIA seemed to be the hot ticket for young people. According to the article, the lines for the CIA were out the door at the spring career fair last week at George Mason University.
In addition, we have been promoting how GEOINT is cool for young people. Check out our podcast here with young GEOINTer Jim Blowitski who works in Business Development for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Services (IS&GS) Intelligence Group. In addition, check out our coverage of the recent USGIF Young Professionals Networking event, which was a major success.
So, for all you young people out there, we want to hear directly from you. Please let us know why a career in government/intelligence/GEOINT is exciting to you. The first five people to send along a comment will get an official got geoint? t-shirt.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Tags: CIA, GEOINT, Government Jobs, Government Jobs for Young People, Intelligence Community, Loudoun County Diversity in Education College and Career Fair, Young People in GEOINT, Young People in Government