Talor Osberg is an alumna of the School of Environment & Geomatics (SEG) which includes the nationally-accredited environmental science programs Forest Technology, Recreation Fish & Wildlife, Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This school prepares students well through expert instruction and experiential learning in a beautiful outdoor classroom setting. Learn more about SEG...
Choosing Selkirk College
Talor graduated from Rutland Senior Secondary School in Kelowna, BC. in 2011. She was attracted to Selkirk College and enrolled in the IEP program graduating in 2017. Learn more about the IEP Program...
"I chose to study at Selkirk College because it was affordable, located in the beautiful Kootenays, and most importantly, had the unique courses I was interested in," says Talor. "The best part of studying at Selkirk college were the practical and applicable curriculum that enhanced my career. The college environment, with small class sizes and personable instructors, made my learning experience meaningful."
Co-op Advantage Extends Overseas
Students in SEG have the option to further their hands-on learning with a Co-op Education job placement during summer months. Talor took advantage of this and worked for BC Timber Sales in Grand Forks in 2017 and in 2018, for Water Survey Canda in Vernon.
When she graduated from IEP she immediately enrolled in the GIS program where she continued her co-op journey working for Fortis in Trail and after graduating with an Advanced Diploma in GIS in 2019, she took a co-op placement in Warrington, the United Kingdom.
From College to Career
Talor is currently in Warrington working as a Modelling GIS Technician. She developes reservoir flood mapping for a consulting company.
"Selkirk College helped me reach my career goals by having current course subject matter that was relevant to GIS work directly and deepening my understanding of environmental sciences. I use programs and concepts from GIS training in my everyday deliverables and apply hydrology knowledge to create realistic hydraulic models with environmental data."
Student Awards Help Make it Happen
Says Talor: "I received a bursary while attending Selkirk College and it allowed me to put food on the table while I studied. I can not emphasize enough how much a bursary or scholarship can make a positive impact on a students life no matter their age. Education should not be a financial burden. I also applied for scholarships and was grateful to receive two. This allowed me to take more relevant courses and obtain my Advanced Diploma in GIS."
On Tackling New Challenges
Talor plans to explore the United Kingdom, aspriring to obtain a GIS position in Scotland. In the future, she plans to return to the Kelowna area with her partner. She would love a GIS position with environmental fieldwork aspects.
Learn more about GIS opportunities in Environment and Geomatics at Selkirk College. It's a highly valued workplace asset with industries increasingly needing GIS experts: