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    One more year and GIS certification?

    I'd appreciate some advice on a dilemma of mine. Advice from those in hiring positions would be especially helpful.

    I currently have about one quarter of school left (in the Fall) before I get my BA in Urban and Regional Planning. I have a Govt minor.

    If I take Summer school and have a busy schedule all of next year, I can get a certificate in GIS through the Geography department and graduate in Spring of 2009. I can also add on a Psychology minor.

    I currently have an internship that will keep me in town for another year.

    Right now, I figure I might as well go after the GIS program. I have nothing to lose since I'll be here for the internship anyway, plus I won't have to start paying off student loans until I actually finish school.

    My question is does the GIS certificate hold any weight in me getting hired? There is no nationally recognized certificate in GIS; it is merely through my schools Geography department. However, it is a year long program and I can give it a Planning emphasis.

    I know it is a tough question to ask and there are tons of other factors when applying for a job, but this sounds like a good plan, right?

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    Having a solid GIS background is a can't-miss. Do it.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Having a solid GIS background is a can't-miss. Do it.
    What he said.
    I wish they had that went I was in school 18 yrs ago.

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    GIS Certificate

    My question is does the GIS certificate hold any weight in me getting hired?

    Can't hurt. Is it worth the tuition credit fees? Dunno. I'd say it adds value to your resume, and might tip you over in a category. But IMHO it won't be a flashing green light on your application. And later on it will save you time making maps and doing analyses.

    DS

    (a pretty decent ArcGIS user)

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