February 14, 2017

Teaching Assistantships: An opportunity, not a chore

By Seth Stein, Amir Salaree and Edward Brooks For three hundred years, physicists debated whether light was a wave or a particle, before agreeing that it was both. Perhaps similarly, graduate students have long debated whether working as a teaching assistant was a chore or an opportunity. Certainly, TAing sometimes feels like a chore, especially in introductory/distribution courses, flippantly called “rocks for jocks” or “moons for goons,” where some students …

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February 7, 2017

Virtual Poster Showcase: Share Your Research Globally—Without the Travel

Virtual Poster Showcase: Share Your Research Globally—Without the Travel

Update: The 2017 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase is now open.  The deadline to register and submit your abstract is 13 March. 12-16 December 2016. You had it marked on your calendar all year long.  You told yourself, “This is it! This is the year that I present at Fall Meeting!”  But then one thing led to another and before you knew it, the deadline for abstract submissions had come and gone.  …

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February 2, 2017

Can Your Resume See Its Shadow?

Can Your Resume See Its Shadow?

It’s February 2nd, and here in the United States, that can only mean one thing: Groundhog Day! While it is obvious that an arbitrary decision made by a rodent has no bearing on the seasons, the concept provides a useful analogy for job seekers.  It’s February and by now, thousands of distractions have upended those New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than get down on yourself for not sticking to your goals, try …

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January 13, 2017

Get to know YESS: The Young Earth System Scientists community

Infographic of 4 frontiers

Earlier this week, On the Job featured a recap of the APECS Cryosphere Careers panel that took place  at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. Today, we feature another group that presented at Fall Meeting.  Representatives from the Young Earth System Scientists (YESS) community gave a presentation in the AGU Career Resource Theater to share with early career AGU attendees background on YESS and how they can get involved. More information is …

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January 11, 2017

Recapping the APECS-AGU Cryosphere Career Panel: Applying for the Next Step

Recapping the APECS-AGU Cryosphere Career Panel: Applying for the Next Step

At the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting last month, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and AGU continued the tradition of cosponsoring the Cryosphere Careers Panel. The panel, which included a mix of both academic and non-academic scientists, was comprised of Dr. Åsa Rennermalm, Dr. Bob Rich, Dr. Twila Moon, and Dr. Sophie Nowicki. Organizations like APECS are a great way for you to get involved with your science and …

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January 3, 2017

Seth Stein: You and Your Advisor

Graduate school is very different from undergraduate school. Undergraduate school focuses on course work, whereas graduate school is primarily about research. Graduate school is a complicated, messy, and mysterious process that turns bright and motivated undergraduates into young professional scientists. Although it’s hard to describe, it works surprisingly well for most students. Success in grad school depends on your energy, enthusiasm, and willingness to go well beyond minimum requirements.  Advisors, …

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December 27, 2016

Rachel Cabosky, InternView: DEVELOPing Career Skills

Everglades false color composite of shoreline

It was invaluable to have the chance to see a project through from beginning to end, and to have physical deliverables that I created as evidence.

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December 23, 2016

Looking Back at Fall Meeting and Looking Forward to the New Year

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to visit the Career Center at Fall Meeting.  The Career Center held activities throughout the week, featuring presentations from recruiters and networking groups, workshops, resume reviews, mentoring sessions, career fairs, and more.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! If you were unable to attend this year, we hope that you can make it next year in New …

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December 5, 2016

No matter where you are in your career path, be sure to visit the Career Center at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting

By Nathaniel Janick Fall Meeting: it’s a time for scientists to come together and share their research.  While it might feel like the science is only being shared in technical sessions, it’s happening all around.  Technical sessions are just one medium to communicate with your fellow scientists; another way that we share our work at Fall Meeting is networking. Networking can take many forms.  It might be a social event …

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December 2, 2016

Dressing for (Interview) Success

Dressing for (Interview) Success

By David Harwell Earth and space scientists have a style all their own, and without getting judgmental, let’s just agree that it is not the right style for most interviews. It is important to wear the right clothing for the situation. For example, in the photo below, Dr. Mae Jemison looks great in orange; however, while a space suit is appropriate for a trip into space and broken-in blue jeans …

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