SSSI YP Lunchbox Presentation

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This is a talk I gave at the SSSI YP Lunchbox talks at Curtin University, May 9th, 2012. It is centred on an overview of my career and some advice for the students attending.

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SSSI YP Lunchbox Presentation

  1. 1. GAIA RESOURCES A Career in Spatial Piers HiggsPresented at Curtin University, 9th May 2012
  2. 2. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL
  3. 3. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What have I done? • Student • Student • Field Assistant • GIS Trainer • Data Manager • Contractor • Ecologist • GIS Programmer • Student • Project Manager • Consultant • Business Developer • Director
  4. 4. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL
  5. 5. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL Some of the best bits?
  6. 6. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What got me there? • I had a good reputation • I understood “spatial” • I understood “environment” • I knew what I didn‟t know • I was willing to learn • The value of spatial was understood
  7. 7. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL Some more of the best bits?
  8. 8. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What got me there? • I had a good reputation • I understood what my clients do for a living • I did the „right thing‟ by my clients • I learned things I didn‟t understand • Hired the right people – that share the same desires
  9. 9. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Pick a stream… Spatial Software Engineering Spatial Analysis
  10. 10. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Pick a stream… • Spatial Software Engineering – learn some Computer Science principles and technologies • Spatial Analysis – learn some domain knowledge in an area you are interested in… Geology Botany EIA (Murdoch) Surveying Archaeology Biology Geography Planning Coastal Geomorphology
  11. 11. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • You will not know everything you need to succeed throughout your career by the end of University “The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.” (Plato)
  12. 12. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL What advice would I give? • Your reputation is your biggest asset “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, youll do things differently.” (Warren Buffett)
  13. 13. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL
  14. 14. A CAREER WITH SPATIAL Questions? • Ask away, or drop me a line… Piers Higgs piers@gaiaresources.com.au 0411 754 006

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