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The Coastal Society's career workshop

Interested in kick-starting your coastal or ocean career?
TCS’s virtual workshop will offer you key tips and advice straight from the professionals

Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program

As part of the Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program, The Coastal Society (TCS) will host this half-day virtual workshop designed to provide valuable skills and information to the next generation of coastal and ocean practitioners, particularly college students, recent graduates, and early-career professionals. 

Information on past events is available on the MAD Program web page.

MAD Career Development Webpage

TCS MAD Workshop at the
Fall 2020 AERS-SEERS Joint Meeting

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 7:45 am -12:15 pm EDT

The Coastal Society is joining AERS and SEERS to host a virtual coastal and ocean career workshop on November 5 (8am – 12:15pm ET). This will be the 11th event in the MAD Program series, launched in 2018.

This event will feature personal insights from seasoned professionals on pathways to coastal-related career options in the governmental, private, and non-profit sectors. We’ll also focus on honing skills and sharing tools to boost your career – job searches, resume preparation, virtual interviews, networking, and more. View the draft agenda for the latest program information. Watch for a final program in the coming weeks.

The morning will begin with four talks on academic options and professional opportunities across academia, government, the private sector, and non-profits. Speakers will address the sciences, resource management, policy, and other career paths. Those insights will be helpful to students, recent graduates, and early professionals as they chart their future. The rest of the morning will be spent in smaller break-out groups, each with a discussion leader selected for a specific skill such as grant writing, virtual interviews, effective networking, identifying a mentor, and more. We’ll do two break-out skill sessions so everyone will experience all six topics.

This workshop is partially sponsored by a Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation grant for professional development and networking. CERF’s funds will subsidize the workshop cost for the first 17 CERF AERS and SEERS members to register.

Register for the AERS-SEERS Meeting

After 10 days for early-bird registration for CERF members (or when the 17 free registrations fill), the remaining openings will be offered more broadly on the TCS website. Registration is limited to 36 registrants to keep break-out group size manageable.

Further Information: Contact Tom Bigford at if you have any questions.

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