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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December 1, 2016

Getting Sexual Harassment Out of the Field

By Mary Anne Holmes I took field camp back in 1983 and had a pretty unhappy experience. This was one of those “sink or swim” models of teaching, with some pretty blatant sexual misconduct of the instructor and a female student. I came away from the experience having learned little. Sexual harassment and misconduct on the part of instructors, faculty, staff, and teaching assistants no doubt drives great people away …

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November 29, 2016

Mentors Make a Difference: The Critical Function of Effective Mentoring During Your Geoscience Career

By Aisha Morris Navigating a career in the geosciences can be intimidating if you do not have close relationships with people who have been through a similar process. As a first-generation geoscientist, my pathway has been positively shaped by a series of mentors throughout my career, and each one has contributed to my professional and personal development in specific and appreciable ways. The value of a mentor can be immeasurable. A …

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