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23 May 2018

Find Your Path This Summer With Paths Through Science

Recently, we highlighted three exceptional scientists from three different continents. Though their paths led them in different directions, their passion for science connects them. Drew Feustel, now an astronaut and currently aboard the International Space Station, was formerly a mechanic who first became interested in geosciences while attending community college near Detroit, Michigan. After graduation, he had to choose between science or automotive design, but ultimately followed his instinct and …

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2 May 2018

“Soooo…What are doing after you get your degree?”

If you are a student, chances are that you’ve heard that question at least a few dozen times throughout your studies, if not from professors (or family members), then from your fellow peers making small-talk, which usually end in sighs of relief after discovering they’re not the only ones with uncertain futures.   Navigating the path from student to happy, early-career professional seems difficult and paved with uncertainty and risk. Thankfully, …

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19 April 2018

Breaking Out of the Analysis Loop

Decisions are hard.  Sometimes you have too much information, sometimes you have too little, and sometimes it conflicts.  It’s easy to get stuck in a loop – going through the same options over and over again, hoping something new will jump and make the right choice obvious. In the meantime, you are not moving forward.  When you find yourself the victim of “analysis paralysis”, try some of these techniques to …

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26 March 2018

Phone Interviews 101: What to Know and How to Prepare

Editor’s note: we’ve gone over some basics for interviewing in Eos articles last year (Interviewing 101 and Interviewing 102) and our January webinar. Today, Erik Hankin does a deeper dive on phone interview tactics. Employers often use phone interviews to screen applicants and help narrow down the candidate pool. Phone interviews are also used to minimize expenses involved in interviewing out-of-town candidates. For remote positions, a phone interview may be …

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13 March 2018

Your Tuesday Top 5: Tips to Inefficiently Manage Stress

In our current state of over-connectivity, stress becomes more pronounced and our health takes the backseat to social media updates and emails filled with deadlines and expectations.  Work never ends because technology enables us to work from anywhere and at any time. It is important to build breaks into you routine because they allow you to recharge your batteries and return to work more productive. The catch is that you …

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9 March 2018

New SEG podcast episode highlights Mentoring365 program, role of mentors in breaking barriers

Six months ago, AGU, in collaboration with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), launched a virtual mentoring platform for Earth and space scientists called Mentoring365. Since launching, over 300 participants from 52 different countries have applied as a mentor or mentee. While we did have great expectations for the program at inception, we hadn’t expected such astounding international collaboration. Mentoring365 has become a …

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27 February 2018

AGU CEO/Executive Director Chris McEntee Provides House Testimony on Combating Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

This morning, 27 February, Chris McEntee, Executive Director and Chief Execuitve Officer of the American Geophysical Union, provided oral and written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, at a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct in the science community. Her testimony addressed efforts and tactics aimed at preventing and combating sexual harassment in the sciences. To read the …

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When It’s Time To Say Goodbye: Knowing When to Leave Your Employer

Starting a new job is exciting – the validation that comes from knowing your skills and abilities are valued, the excitement of learning new things and meeting new people, the possibilities of all the great things you will accomplish. Over time, you gain confidence in your abilities, acquire new knowledge, and grow. At some point, you start wondering if you’ve grown all you can in that particular position.  Maybe it’s …

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16 January 2018

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Write a Self-Review

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job publishes these tips in our weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Have you ever had an annual review or similar assessment? Most annual reviews have a self-assessment component. With the right perspective, a self-review can be a productive tool …

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12 January 2018

A Geographer’s Career Path: Tales of Loops and Circles

As with many Earth and space scientists, my path into the field has been indirect. My interest in veterinary medicine turned towards a broader interest in protecting wildlife habitats sometime during my years in the U.S. Peace Corps. I began my service in Niger, West Africa and after a change in the security was moved to Madagascar where I served for two years. In both the arid Sahel and lush …

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2 January 2018

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Stick to Your Goals

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job publishes these tips in our weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. The significant increase in commercials about educational opportunities, nutritional options, and exercise equipment the past two weeks is no coincidence. At the beginning of the year, advertisers hone …

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20 December 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: Happy Holidays!

Every Tuesday (Editor’s Note: Apologies that this is coming out a day later due to Fall Meeting), Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. The AGU Human Resources & Admin Service teams wish you …

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12 December 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to End a Project

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Projects should end. By their very definition, projects are “temporary endeavors that have a clear beginning and a clear end.” Upon closure, there are several …

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9 December 2017

No matter where you are in your career path, be sure to visit the Career Center at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

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 or a casual …

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29 November 2017

Fall Meeting Career Center Workshop: First Impressions Count!

As the geoscience community grows ever more global, we are aware of the skill needed in navigating the diversity of our research community. This year at Fall Meeting the Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee is hosting a practical workshop on introductions and opening conversations. Participants are provided with strategies for forging respectful professional relationships. The workshop will be held on at the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting on Monday, December 11th at …

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21 November 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Agree to Disagree

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Did you know that healthy disagreement is essential for good teamwork? It’s true. At its core, constructive discussions need different opinions and perspectives. Encourage team …

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15 November 2017

Guardian of the Gate: Conquering your fear of online job applications

Applying for jobs online can feel like throwing your resume into a black hole. You find a job that sounds interesting, enter your information, then wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Most of the time, you never hear anything.  Occasionally, you get an automatic “Thanks, but no thanks” email.   But every so often you get a preliminary inquiry, to verify your background and interest, which leads to an interview, and eventually …

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14 November 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Consistently Deliver Successful Projects

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. AGU continues to provide staff with tools to increase efficiency and productivity on the job. Last week, several staff took part in a project management …

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16 October 2017

“Pure sunshine all day”: Fieldwork Inspiring Expanded Leadership for Diversity

<id=”image-anchor” img class=”size-full wp-image-1671 alignright” src=”https://blogs.agu.org/onthejob/files/2017/10/Posselt-e1508187823983.jpg” alt=”” width=”299″ height=”300″ />“Pure sunshine all day…” On June 19, 1869 John Muir opened his journal entry with these four words, describing the conditions for him and the group he traveled with through the High Sierra. This summer, I conducted fieldwork in the same general area, and the conditions on June 19 were brutal. “Pure sunshine all day,” 100+ degree heat, no shade for …

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10 October 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Build Productive and Long-Lasting Business Relationships

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Every business involves people and therefore relationships. We work with each other and use vendors, consultants, contractors and strategic partners who support our mission.  It …

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