Here is the email blurb that accompanied the PDF:
With the October 2012 issue, EARTH Magazine has begun a casual series of articles written by recent geoscience graduates about their early experiences in the workforce. This series is in part a response to some common inquiries we've encountered – students and graduates often wonder what to expect in their job search and what employment will really be like in the geosciences.
In the American Geosciences Institute's Geoscience Workforce Program's ongoing effort to support the development of a robust geoscience profession, we are pleased to send to you, as an attached PDF, the first of these EARTH articles, "The Bakken Boom and the New Wild West – A Young Geologist’s Perspective." EARTH Magazine is permitting wide distribution of this article, so we encourage you to share the article with your students.
In addition, if you are in contact with any recent graduates – within the last
two years – who are currently working in the geosciences and might be interested in writing a piece about their unique perspectives and experiences, please encourage them to contact EARTH Mangaging Editor Meg Sever at email@example.com.
Heather Houlton and Carolyn Wilson
AGI Workforce Program
Since this was sent to me unsolicited I thought it was appropriate to post the article. I suspect it will be of interest to others besides recent or impending graduates. I enjoyed it.
"I heard stories of geologists earning double or triple what I was making, and living a playboy lifestyle with weeks off at a time." - R. Tyler Powers, from the article