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March 21 2010 | 0 comments

This question doesn't relate to any particular problem I am having as a cartography student, but rather what is the best way to look for jobs and ultimately obtain work as a cartographer after graduation? Are there any specific things you did which enabled you to get the job you have now, or any recommendations you have for someone like me? Thanks.

Mapping Center Answer:

That's sort of a loaded question in that there are lots of things you can do in terms of preparing yourself.  If I were interviewing you, I would want to see a portfolio of 3-5 of your best maps and want to be able to pick from them and ask you about the design challenges you overcame to produce the map.  If your portfolio is digital, e.g., as PDFs on your website, that's even better because it gives me a sense of your ability to produce a product, and not just a design.

Current technical skills are important, but a demonstrated ability to quickly learn new skills is far more important.  Demonstrated productivity is also very important, your references should be able to speak to how productive you are.

Also, know that the job title of cartographer is applied broadly.  Know whether you are a design cartographer, a production cartographer, or that you specialize in making maps of certain special kinds of information.  Don't just bea face in the crowd.



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