I received my BA in Geography in 2004 and went to work as a GIS Analyst for two years (2004-06). I then went off to pursue other interests in the humanities/academia and did not keep up with advancements in the field. Now, almost 8 years later, I would like to find my way back into the world of mapmaking as a profession, but my skill set is so outdated that I am just not marketable.
So my questions are these: What is the best way to update my GIS/cartography skills and make myself competitive on the job market once again? Should I enroll in an online GIS certificate or Master's program? Which ones are considered the best? Is a certificate good enough to show employers that I'm up to speed, or would a Master's degree carry significantly more weight? Time and money are a consideration, of course, but so is my lack of practical experience over the past 8 years.
The overall goal is to make me employable again in this field. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance,