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30 October 2020

Navigating an Academic Career: A Brief Guide for PhD Students, Postdocs and Early Career Faculty

Are you thinking about a career in academia, or navigating your way through the demands of your first few years in an academic job? Jeffrey McDonnell, AGU Fellow and Past President of the AGU Hydrology Section, recently pulled together some advice for people on the academic pathway in a short book. We asked him to share a few nuggets of advice from his book.

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16 January 2020

Mentors Have The Power To Shape Your Life: AGU Interns Share Their Experiences for Thank Your Mentor Month

January is Thank Your Mentor Month and we wanted to highlight some of the personal mentorship experiences from two of our AGU interns, Christina Martinez and Perri Silverhart. Christina I was fortunate to meet my mentor this past June during SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience). I was on the verge of completing my undergraduate degree and she had just finished defending her PhD. I met Andy Crieghton when I …

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11 October 2019

Paths Through Science: Kristin Ludwig, Staff Scientist, USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area

Paths Through Science highlights the many diverse paths AGU’s scientists have charted across the disciplines within Earth and space science through interviews with professionals in government, academia, industry, and non-profit sectors. For International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, we talked to Kristin Ludwig, a staff scientist in the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Natural Hazards Mission Area. Check out the full audio interview for more about Ludwig’s career path to …

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21 August 2019

Practicing Leadership as an Introvert

In higher ed, the weight of the word “leadership” has ballooned over the years, with growing pressure for undergraduate as well as graduate students to somehow demonstrate the quality. Given the challenge of breaking into the workforce after graduation, it does wonders to have a strong quality like leadership help boost a resume. Now, some people are born with leadership qualities, some get unexpectedly thrown into the position, while some people …

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3 July 2019

Workplace Etiquette

When it comes to navigating the workplace, professional etiquette is crucial. The image that you portray–particularly your first impression–is one you will carry throughout the duration of your employment at an organization. This perception that you cultivate with your looks and demeanor, as well as how you choose to represent your workplace during off hours, can serve to either hurt or help your career. Here are some helpful tips for …

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1 July 2019

How to Use Social Media Effectively for Work

In recent years, the paradigm has shifted in the way that organizations market their information and communicate with the public. Social media is a powerful tool that allows us to connect with others on a global scale. By mastering the art of social media, you hold an invaluable skillset that makes you an incredible asset to any organization. When workplace social media comes to mind, you may feel inclined to …

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18 June 2019

The Challenges of Workforce Re-training in STEM Fields

There are a plethora of reasons why one might leave the workforce, whether it be to take time off for their families, taking the opportunity to travel, or simply just to take some personal time to themselves. While the reasons for taking time off may be simple, the question of how to re-enter the workforce may not be as straightforward. Returning to the workforce after taking time off can seem an insurmountable …

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13 May 2019

Finding Jobs in the Government

Useful Resources for Finding Jobs in the Federal Government   While most geoscientists are employed in academia or industry, there are a significant number employed by the federal government. Employment with the federal government is in-between industry and academia in many ways – salary, benefits, academic freedom, and so on. Many people don’t know what the federal government does, and have no idea what employment opportunities there are. If you’re …

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15 April 2019

Polishing Your Profile

These days, your LinkedIn profile is your professional public face.  Often, potential employers will look through your online profile to learn as much as they can about your background and interests, before they contact you.  If you don’t have an excellent profile with a compelling story, they may never call you – and you may never know why. If it’s been awhile since you updated your profile, now is a …

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11 March 2019

Soft Skills

Getting Hard Data on Your Soft Skills When planning your career, one of the biggest parts is your skill set.  What do you have to sell to a potential employer?  What kinds of things are you able to do?  Do you have specific examples of times you used those skills, and had a positive outcome? In school, you learned many technical skills, including things like cartography, remote sensing, demography, data …

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21 February 2019

6 Steps to Creating a Triumphant Resume

Do you find job searching to be time consuming, frustrating, and possibly even disappointing? When you are competing against so many other applicants for one job opening, it’s best to be prepared so you can apply quickly and with the least amount of stress. It is your responsibility to quickly demonstrate that you are a match for the job qualifications, and the organization. It is the employer’s job to figure …

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14 January 2019

What do you value?

What do you value? When you start thinking about making a change in your career, whether to a new job or a whole new field, most scientists immediately focus on their technical skills.  Some may think about their non-technical (also called soft or transferable) skills – communication, negotiation, leadership, and so on.  Your skill set is crucial to your career success, and it is your expertise in these areas that …

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28 December 2018

Scientists who leave academia aren’t dropouts. They’re scientists.

I’m a researcher turned policy wonk turned scicommer turned communications trainer and storyteller. Even though I’ve changed trajectories many times throughout my (so far) short career, one thing has remained constant: I am a scientist. However, this hasn’t always been how I felt. It’s taken me a long time to accept that I made the right decision. But sometimes, something happens to make me feel guilt, uncertainty, other-ness… Recently, this …

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24 September 2018

Flying for Science: Merging Adventure and Exploration in the NOAA Corps

In this Paths Through Science profile, Frank Centinello discusses the circuitous route by which he encountered and pursued his dream job as a pilot in the NOAA Corps. In this position, Centinello gets to experience both his love of flying and scientific exploration. “Ever since I was little, my primary inspiration [has been] human exploration and the advancement of knowledge. And second to that, a quick second to that, is …

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27 August 2018

Lessons Learned While on the Ice: Meet Geophysicist Martha Savage

In our latest Paths Through Science, geophysicist Dr. Martha Savage explores lessons she learned during an expedition to Antarctica she participated in early on in her career. Check out additional profiles of Earth and space scientists in a variety of sub-disciplines and sectors at our Paths Through Science page, and listen to Savage’s full interview at the AGU Narratives community on StoryCorps. Each year, a small group of scientists, engineers, and technicians embark on the …

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31 July 2018

You Don’t Need to See the Stars to be Inspired by Them: Meet Space Physicist Alessandra Pacini

In our latest Paths Through Science, space physicist Dr. Alessandra Pacini tells of how she turned her curiosity about the night sky into a fulfilling career as a research associate at Arecibo Observatory and encourages young girls to pursue space science through her role as CEO of InSpace LLC, a science education and outreach company. You can also watch our video profile of Pacini and check out additional profiles of Earth and space scientists in a variety of sub-disciplines and sectors …

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29 June 2018

“Revitalizing” the Graduate STEM Experience

“Its an evolution, not a revolution,” said Dr. Alan Leshner, chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, about the process of transforming graduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the United States.   The committee, composed of sixteen additional members from a variety of disciplines within the STEM and higher education fields, publicly released a Consensus Study Report on Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century at the NASEM Headquarters on 29 May 2018, in Washington, D.C. Having recently …

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26 June 2018

The Interdisciplinary Scientist: Juan Declet-Barreto’s Career as a Geographer and Environmental Social Scientist

Climate change isn’t just about melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. It’s also about people. Learn more about how climate scientist, Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, is tackling the social, ecological, and human health dimensions of climate change by re-imagining the relationship between scientists and the communities they serve in our latest Paths Through Science. Dr. Juan Declet-Barreto, grew up in the suburbs of Puerto Rico, but this didn’t prevent him from …

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1 June 2018

“The Government’s Best Kept Secret”: Dale Gump on his work with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps

Our latest Paths Through Science features Ensign Dale Gump. After seven years of active duty in the Navy, Ensign Dale Gump didn’t expect to pursue a career in science. But a budding interest in environmental science, along with the support of dedicated mentors, catapulted him into a career as a hydrographer in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.  According to Gump, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps program, commonly known as NOAA Corps, is one of the government’s best kept …

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25 May 2018

Evaluating An Offer, Part I: Financial Considerations

Receiving a job offer is wonderful. Someone finally wants you!  Receiving an offer means the potential employer has evaluated their options and decided you are the best person to meet their current needs.  It’s tempting to say “yes” immediately, but that’s not always wise.  This article will detail some of the things you should consider before making your decision. First, make sure you have the offer detailed in writing.  You …

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