Student Member of the Month
“Don’t be shy, get out there and shake some hands!” says NWRA’s Student Member of the Month. Nevada Water Resources Association would like to introduce its members to Mr. Guy Smith. Mr. Smith is formerly a Graduate Research Assistant and a current Staff Research Scientist with the Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been involved with NWRA for the past year and attended the past Annual Conference.
Smith received his B.S. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2014 and his M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Nevada, Reno in December, 2017.
Mr. Smith calls himself an NWRA “late bloomer”. He didn’t participate in NWRA activities until his final year in the UNR Graduate Program of Hydrological Science.
“The networking opportunities provided by NWRA for water professionals in Nevada are unparalleled. In the challenging and completive job seeking environment of today, the connections one makes at NWRA events may well be the difference between ultimately receiving a job offer, or not.”
According to Mr. Smith, “In addition to the obvious but generally under-appreciated networking opportunities provided by NWRA, the events hosted by the association provide students with an invaluable chance to learn more about the various potential career paths that may lie ahead of them. These insights cannot be underestimated, and can help to guide you towards a career path that meshes best with your personal and professional interest alike. Moreover, if a student is able to identify a particularly appealing career which they wish to pursue, they may then tailor their remaining education to prepare themselves for this role to the greatest possible extent.”
“The professionals I have had the pleasure of interacting with at NWRA events have been beyond welcoming, and have been generally excited to hear about the motivations, methods and results of my research. My only regret is that it took me such a long time to brush off the intimidation and interact.”
Smith’s advice for NWRA is that, “As a student with a relatively full plate, signing up for extracurricular events and activities can be intimidating and somewhat uninviting. In my particular case, I was ultimately drawn to NWRA due mostly to the opportunities to expand my professional network and ultimately improve my future job prospects. While I would imagine this motivation is rather to a seasoned professional, it should not be taken for granted. Modern STEM programs leave students woefully under-prepared for the non-technical aspects of professional life, and failing to convey the importance of networking is no exception. Perhaps through emphasizing of the importance of interpersonal connections NWRA could improve student outreach.”