GIS Lessons I’ve Learned

Being in the GIS field for almost four years, I have gained some insights into the business that I wish I had known when I started out.  I would like to share some of what I have learned so far with you.

  1. Always know your strengths and weaknesses when working with the GIS software that you are using to carry out your project. In doing so, you will not bite off more than you can chew, make promises you cannot keep, and drive yourself crazy in the process.
  2. With that said, never give up learning. Teach yourself new techniques, take classes in areas where you are weak, never be afraid to try something new, and remember that almost anything can be fixed by hitting the undo button and trying again.
  3. Never stay static in the field. Keep up with new technologies and new practices.
  4. 100% is never enough. Never settle for “good enough”. If you are willing to settle for that, you are not only short-changing your employer, but more importantly, yourself.
  5. Go the extra mile in completing your projects, for while it may be frustrating at the time, it will always pay off in the end.
  6. Always have confidence in the work you do.
  7. With that said, show humility. Never rest on your laurels or let your ego get in the way as there will always be someone else out there that is a bit better than you.
  8. Always show appreciation for any gift you get whether be in the form of compensation, praise, or even constructive criticism.
  9. One more thing before I forget, always have fun with what you do. That way you never give up.

I plan on spending a lifetime working in GIS, and as I continue to learn, develop new skills, and gain experience, the lessons I learn along the way will grow exponentially. So, until the next time…

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  1. I love what you said about continuing to learn new techniques and practices. I think that anyone working in a field that uses the newest technology and software should have this kind of attitude. I’m sure that anyone looking to hire a GIS consultant will be looking for someone who knows all the latest techniques. Staying up-to-date with the latest advancements is sure to get you noticed.

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