AGI Early Careers Network
The ECN is a network of early career professionals run by early career professionals.
Featured in the UK’s Geospatial Strategy, the Early Careers Network facilitates communication and collaboration across a broad range of geospatial sectors. The ECN aims to enable the development of productive and sustainable connections between early career professionals, giving traction to the fresh, innovative and disruptive ideas of the future leaders of the geospatial industry.
With an exciting programme of events targeted specifically at the needs of early career professionals, the ECN provides a platform for you to develop active connections and work collaboratively across the geospatial industry, showcase your work in a low-pressure environment and receive industry specific training and mentoring.
Who can join? And how do I join?
All early career professionals and students working in the geospatial industry are welcome and encouraged to join as a FREE Network Member. If you have less than 10 years work experience and are interested in becoming part of this network, please register for a free membership and you can then be included within our mailing list to hear about future events and activities.
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How can I help?
The ECN is looking for new committee members!
We are an early career network run entirely by early career professionals. Join our team of volunteers for 2021 and help to plan and organise events, develop regular communication with our members and ensure we provide the best platform for communication and collaboration of early career professionals within the geospatial industry.
We are looking for early career professionals to fill the below roles. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these positions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a quick message. Tell us a bit about yourself, your career and why you are a good fit for the role that you would like to put yourself forward for.
Current Available Positions: Secretary, Events Coordinator(s), Social Medial Officer, Northern Ireland Coordinator, Welsh Coordinator
We are also open to receiving applications to become a committee member, with no fixed role. Your strengths might be in strategy, having ideas, running a project you are passionate about for geo professionals at the start of their careers, or you might want to volunteer flexibly, around your life and work commitments.
We are looking for experienced geospatial professionals to support the ECN by sharing skills and experience with the network and by providing presentations, mentoring, advice and more at our events. So if you would like to share your knowledge with the next generation of geospatial professionals, we would love to hear from you at email@example.com.
AGI Early Careers Network Committee
Tom Perks - ECN Co-Chair
Tom has worked as a GIS Specialist in the environmental consultancy sector for the past seven years, having studied BSc Geography at the University of Southampton, followed by a Master’s at Swansea University. In his current role, Tom manages an enterprise GIS system and supports ecology field data collection for a range of development projects. Tom is also interested in applying GIS within the humanitarian sector, having completed a site visit and mapping of a hospital in rural Uganda in 2018. He is looking forward to bringing new entrants to the GI industry together and the interesting conversations that will ensue!
Matthew Webster - ECN Co-Chair
Matthew works as a GIS consultant and UAV operator at WSP in the UK, having previously graduated from UCL with an Environmental Mapping master's degree. Keen to support early career professionals, Matthew represents early careers for multiple professional group committees, and is excited to be part of the ECN providing young professionals with opportunities to develop their career and network with other like-minded professionals.
Rebecca Taylor - Past ECN Chair
Rebecca is an Associate Product Manager at Ordnance Survey, managing the in-life Networks product portfolio. Rebecca studied geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2019, before starting at OS. She is looking forward to helping develop the reach of the ECN throughout the geospatial industry and beyond, whilst ensuring that the network provides the best professional networking and development opportunities for its members.
James is the policy lead at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) focused on improving the access to, and use of, Earth observations for disaster risk management. James is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and works across several domains in the geospatial information sector. Most recently, he has been using Earth observations to help nations make progress on the Sendai Framework. James has written several international policy documents including the UN-GGIM’s ‘Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: 5-10-year vision’ and is a contributing author to the UNDRR ‘Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019’ where he wrote about ‘Changes in technology and data sharing.’ Prior to joining GEO, part of the UN System, he worked for Ordnance Survey, the National Mapping Agency of Great Britain, where he worked on international policy engagement. James is committed to outreach and advocacy in the geospatial domain and is part of several outreach initiatives including ECN. He led the ECN for the last few years and is now working with the new committee to help to expand its reach and remit.
Sophie Willett - Social Media and Publicity Officer
Sophie found an interest in GIS whilst doing her dissertation for her degree in Natural Sciences, at University of Leicester. This led to doing a masters in GIS, graduating in January 2020, which developed her skills in coding, cartography, and data analysis. Now, Sophie works as a Graduate Geospatial Consultant at Arcadis, working on a range of diverse projects, with a current focus on mobile GIS. With having an unconventional career path to the world of Geospatial, Sophie is keen to provide support for those in their early career journeys, hoping to help the ECN expand the personal development and networking opportunities for all.
Mayuko Morgan, Scotland Co-ordinator
Mayuko has worked in the spatial industry since 2015. She started her career in IT. After five years in IT, she decided to make a career change and obtained degrees in Environmental Management and GIS. As a committee member of the Early Career Network, she is enthusiastic about promoting skills development and mentoring for early career professionals. Being a part of the AGI Scotland Committee, it is her aim to get the ball rolling and make something positive happen for those trying to find a career, as well as those who already work in the GI sector in Scotland.