Critical GIS Skill # 5: Broaden Your Circle of Influence

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Aug 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A GIS degree is technical and often attracts like-minded people. Schools do a great job of teaching those aspects of GIS including giving practical experience in GIS software applications like ESRI’s ArcGIS. However there are a lot of skills critical to a successful career in GIS that are not taught during the degree program, and that is what this blog series is designed to address.

Critical GIS Skill #5: Broaden your circle of influence

Have you ever noticed that most people at work associate with those in their own profession or at least those they work with on a regular basis? In other words, they surround themselves with like-minded people. Those who think like them, talk like them, and know roughly the same information about their agency or organization. GIS professionals have lunch and associate with other GIS professionals. It’s natural since they have roughly the same interests and backgrounds, but this will not help your career.

Circle of Influence: For the purpose of this article, we will use the following definition. “Your circle of influence are those people at work and in your industry who know you and/or your work.” It’s the people you have a relationship with or influence with. A critical skill you need to advance your GIS career is to broaden your circle of influence.

Broaden Your Circle of Influence: Broadening your circle does not have to be hard or awkward. It can be fun and entertaining. Here are some steps you can take to grow your influence and grow your GIS career.

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Topics: Professional Services, GIS, DEM, Skill

Critical GIS Skill #4: Become a Problem Solver

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Aug 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A GIS degree is technical and often attracts like-minded people. Schools do a great job of teaching those aspects of GIS including giving practical experience in GIS software applications like ESRI’s ArcGIS. However there are a lot of skills critical to a successful career in GIS that are not taught during the degree program, and that is what this blog series is designed to address.

Critical GIS Skill #4: Become a problem solver
In more technical fields like GIS, problems are often looked at as roadblocks, with the phrase “I can’t because…” muttered frequently. But the proficient GIS professional knows that problems are nothing more than opportunities to try a different strategy. Problems are a time for you as a GIS professional to shine for your agency by thinking creatively…by thinking outside the box. It’s a chance to tap into different skills. Anyone can improve their problem solving skills.

Here are some steps you can take to do just that.

Reframe the Problem: Too many people “freeze” when they encounter problems or feverously try to avoid them. Welcome problems. Sometimes something just as simple as looking at a problem as an opportunity can get you thinking creatively. The higher up in an agency you go, the more critical your problems solving skills will be to your career success. Welcome problems.

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Topics: Professional Services, GIS, Career, Skill

GIS Contributions to State Success and Future Goals

Posted by Intermap Technologies on Jul 14, 2016 7:30:00 AM

We are constantly looking at new ways GIS technology is being utilized to achieve local, state and national goals. I thought in this article I would analyze Governor Hickenlooper’s 2016 State of the State address for Colorado back in January for such contributions. Below are some of the many ways spatial technology is playing a critical role in government.

Colorado Goals and Accomplishments:

  • Comprehensive Statewide Water Plan: The goal of the water plan was to make water go further, protect the natural environment, and ensure agriculture and recreational industries keep flourishing. Geospatial data plays a critical role in identifying and managing water resources. Spatial data also plays a key role in identifying and completing important water projects. 
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Topics: Professional Services, GIS, Digital Elevation Models

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