In the next couple of weeks, college grads from across the country will don their caps and gowns, walk across their designated stages, and receive their diplomas – a physical embodiment of late nights at the library, football games, and countless packets of ramen. As many recent grads can attest, the thought of finding a job after graduation and putting that (expensive) degree to use causes endless anxiety and confusion. Deciding where to begin a job search is the first step in moving on from academia and into the working world.
GIS maps combined with a little “outside-the-box” thinking can provide a great starting point for college graduates looking to begin their professional job search. By utilizing already available data in Esri’s Community Analyst software, finding where to look based on individual preferences is quick and easy.
Narrowing down state and county by personal preferences such as population size, diversity index, or income level is a great way to understand what areas of the country would be a best match. Once the right state and county are decided, all that’s left to do is start applying!
With these GIS mapping capabilities, this May’s college graduates will have one less thing to worry about as they transition to their post-collegiate lives.