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October 2, 2017

2017 Student and Early Career Scientist Conference: Becoming a Resilient Scientific Community

Are you a student or early career scientist attending the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans in December?  You should consider arriving a day early to not only enjoy some of that famous New Orleans cuisine, but to attend the 2017 AGU Student and Early Career Scientist (SECS) Conference! The 2017 SECS conference will build off previous iterations of the conferences that been associated with the AGU Fall Meeting …

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September 15, 2017

Converting a short-term position into a long-term career

As organizations try to remain flexible, they are more and more reluctant to hire permanent employees.  Many organizations are using contract or temporary staff, then hiring a select few into fulltime positions.  Sometimes, a temporary position is the only way to get into a company, but if you use the opportunity, you can turn a temporary position into a permanent job. To begin, make sure you understand the contract terms.  …

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September 1, 2017

AGU Career Center News: September Webinar, Paths Through Science, and VPS deadline

Hello, everyone!  The September AGU Career Center Newsletter, which normally goes out on the first Tuesday of the month, is getting pushed back to 12 September due to high traffic from the Ocean Sciences Meeting abstract deadline next Wednesday, 6 September (hint! hint!).  Since the newsletter will go out later, I wanted to share with you some latest happenings related to the AGU Career Center.  Enjoy and have a great …

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August 30, 2017

Verbal Jujutsu: A Conversation Catalyst

Drawing introverts into conversations can be difficult.  As an introvert, I will admit to curmudgeonly behavior in social situations.  Frankly, I’d rather eat chopped liver than go to a reception of people I don’t know, so networking and small talk can be awkward.  Put me in a room with other introverts and we might as well decorate the room like a middle school dance because everyone is going to be clutching a …

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August 24, 2017

“Everyone works in fundraising”: Expecting the unexpected

While there’s something to be said about proactively creating your own career opportunities, perhaps more important is being prepared for opportunities when they do arrive.  At a fundraising gala for a previous employer, one of the guests began asking me about specific details related to a project’s fundraising plan.  I apologized and embarrassingly explained that I didn’t work in the development department* and therefore didn’t know the particulars.  The gentleman …

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August 22, 2017

The Experimental Life: Applying the scientific method to your job hunt

Life is a series of experiments, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  However, I am surprised how many of my fellow scientists fail to understand the utility of experimentation outside of the lab. When I was three, my mother left me with my grandmother, so that she could run to the store for a few things.  When my mom returned, she asked my grandmother why my face was …

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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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