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August 18, 2017

From College Chemistry to Capitol Hill: One Student’s Journey to the Finals of a Nationwide Competition

Going to the finals of the Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC) changed my life forever. Held in Washington, D.C. on 14-16 June 2017,  I had the opportunity to meet multiple representatives from respected institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) while presenting my project to congressmen, scientists, businessmen, and other professionals on Capitol Hill. The project I presented was called Project …



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August 15, 2017

Anatomy of a Post-Networking Thank You Note

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be covering topics related to networking.  This first article will address the parts of a thank you note.  We would love for you to join us for our webinar this Thursday, 17 August, at 2PM EST, “Networking In Person and Online,” with guest presenter Lisa Balbes.  You can learn more about it by visiting the AGU Webinars homepage. Dear Leslie, I hope this message finds …



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August 2, 2017

Recap of 20 July Professional Etiquette Webinar

Professional etiquette is rarely explicitly taught, but it can have a big impact on your career. Whether you are working at an internship, starting somewhere new, or are well into your professional career, workplace etiquette can positively influence your reception by your coworkers. In AGU Pathfinder’s most recent Professional Development webinar, Professional Etiquette: Do’s and Don’t’s, Patricia Simpson of Game Changing Etiquette teaches us how to put our best foot …



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July 26, 2017

Networking to the Beat: Finding a work-life balance during grad school

Going to school is very stressful. Going to school in a different country, with different cultures and languages? Even more so. Therefore, it is important to manage your work-life balance.  I could go on and on about the different issues I personally have encountered, but I would much rather talk about ways to relieve stress and still keep your focus (and passion) on your studies. There are a few things …



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July 18, 2017

Volunteering: Help others while helping yourself

People do things without getting paid (in other words, volunteer) for all kinds of reasons: to advance a cause they believe in; to help others; to spend time with friends; and many more.  But in addition to making the world a better place, did you realize that some strategic volunteering could help advance your professional career?  Gain a New Skill Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill, …



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July 14, 2017

Get your questions about professional etiquette answered at our 20 July webinar

Professional Etiquette: Do’s and Don’t’s Have you ever wondered how your etiquette impacts your career prospects?  Whether or not you notice it, your workplace demeanor can play a big part of your career.  Learn how to let it make a positive impact by tuning into AGU Webinars on Thursday, 20 July at 2PM ET. Special guest Patricia Simpson will provide advice on how to put your best foot forward by …



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July 7, 2017

Fall 2017 Virtual Poster Showcase is now open for registration and abstract submission

In an effort to allow interested participants to submit abstracts related to summer projects while the work is still fresh in their mind, the Fall 2017 Virtual Poster Showcase will open for abstract submissions early this year in early July.  The following post discusses some of the benefits of participation. While many college students conduct research with faculty in organized summer programs or as part of their course work, they often …



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June 29, 2017

Starting Off Right: Tips for navigating new workplaces

Starting a new job is exciting – so many new things to learn!  But how do you make sure to do the right things, and set yourself up for future success? The most important thing is to make a great first impression.  Remember what you observed during your on-site interview about the dress code, and err on the conservative/dressy side.  Make sure you arrive on-time, or even a little early, …



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June 21, 2017

Celebrate Summer Solstice by revisiting our “Making the Most Out of Summer Opportunities” Webinar

This is a summary of our April webinar.  For even more career advice, register for 22 June webinar, “Finding your Fit: Making Sense of your Career Options,” or watch the recording once it becomes available. Valerie Sloan and Rebecca Haaker from NCAR|UCAR are very familiar working with interns. In their “Making the most of Summer Opportunities” webinar they share advice that they provide to the interns at NCAR. They highlight what employers …



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June 6, 2017

Expanding Your Field of View

REU’s and internships* can be a great way to build your technical expertise.  There is no substitute for the real thing, and many skills can only effectively be learned outside of the classroom.  This list extends beyond the technical though.  There are many essential skills that are non-technical in nature: project management, conflict resolution, communication, etc.  While you may find yourself using these skills in a traditional classroom setting, they …



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