Welcoming our latest Brand Ambassador Sierra Swartz from North Carolina, USA:
If you are not a surveyor, what do you do? As SAM Companies’ Early Talent Management Program Lead, my focus is on promoting surveying as a career choice among high schools, vocational schools, colleges, and universities. SAM acknowledges the importance of early talent engagement to attract future surveyors and expand our industry’s talent pool. Through our efforts, we hope to make surveying a household name, discussed around family dinners just as confidently as any other profession!
How long have you been in the industry? I’ve been working in the geospatial industry for almost a year and a half. Honestly, if I would have known about surveying growing up my career path may have evolved differently. However, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to introduce today’s youth to new career path ideas.
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador? Being a Brand Ambassador with Get Kids Into Survey really aligns with my mission at SAM. I want to continue to promote this initiative on social media and spread awareness.
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry? It’s common to hear people say that they stumbled upon their profession without realizing its potential beforehand. Surveying is not a well-known occupation, and one that tends to go unnoticed by many. However, this is where effective education comes in. By teaching people, especially the youth, about the importance and benefits of surveying as an occupation – we’re setting the stage for a brighter future.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? My goal is to start engaging younger talent at a middle school level.
What are your hobbies? Running, Backpacking, Snowboarding, Cooking, and Gardening.
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? Setsuko
What resource would you like to see next from GKiS? I would love to see some content geared towards attracting middle school & high school students to the profession!