Whether you realize it or not, you probably use GIS technology. GIS stands for geographic information systems and if you use GPS or Google Maps, you’re enjoying one of its many applications.
As it happens, capturing, storing, checking and displaying data related to positions on the Earth’s surface is invaluable to variety of industries. Travel, mining, surveying, emergency services, and telecommunications all use GIS. Yes, telecommunications.
We know telecommunications isn’t the traditional use case for GIS, but the truth is, we were early adopters. TDS has had GIS software since 1993 (!) and the technology is now an integral part of how we deliver communications services to customers.
We’re trying to get more and more people to consider bringing their GIS training and education to the telecom industry (and TDS, of course :-)). That’s why we’ll be at the first-ever University of Wisconsin—Madison Geospatial Networking and Career Fair for students.
The event is designed to help give students lots of free career information (and did we mention FREE?) but in a very casual, no-pressure atmosphere. Come, wander around, and ask questions of all the local businesses who will be there (look for us!).
When: Wednesday, April 26 from 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: 770 W. Dayton Street, room 241B in Madison, Wisconsin
More information: Visit the UW Geospatial Alliance page about the event
But wait, there’s more! We’re also participating in the 2017 Geospatial Summit. This event, happening as part of the Career Fair, offers a variety of more in-depth sessions. Our very own young GIS professionals Josh, Shane, and Aaron will be sharing their thoughts about maximizing internships; how to transition from a student to employee; and balancing school, work and life.
When: Wednesday, April 26. Roundtable discussion from 10-11 a.m., and Paper Sessions from 1-3 p.m. (hint: this is when you’ll find Josh, Shane, and Aaron’s talk).
Where: 770 W. Dayton Street
More information: Visit the UW Geospatial Summit page for the day’s agenda. Registration is encouraged but not required.
Layered image by Diane Quick, CC BY-SA 3.0.