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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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1 June 2019

Do’s and Don’ts of Research Abroad

Researching or studying abroad can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Here are some important tips to think about when navigating a new experience abroad: Be grateful for your experience. This is a limited opportunity and if you are selected over the many others who would have been overjoyed to have your spot. Don’t waste your time with negativity or complaints about this new experience. Be mindful of your …

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28 May 2019

College Graduates Have New Decisions to Make

“Now what?” This is the question many recent graduates are facing today. They may not always see the completion of their undergraduate studies as reaching the finish line. For these former students, there are three primary perspectives among them: those continuing their education, those entering the workforce immediately, and those that choose to take some time off before making decisions about their long-term future. Earning a bachelor’s degree is no …

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23 May 2019

How to Avoid Getting Burnt Out

A common problem amongst undergraduate and graduate students today is finding ways to remain driven in the face of growing stress. By the time many students graduate, they may carry with them a lack of motivation that transcends into the workplace or future academic studies. With this in mind, it is important for students to find ways to avoid getting burnt out in order to remain inspired throughout their educational …

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30 April 2019

Spring 2019 Virtual Poster Showcase: Announcing the Winners!

The 2019 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase brought students from high school to graduate school, and from near and far! We had excellent presenters from countries around the world showcasing their hard work and contribution to the fields of earth and space science. Presenters were able to learn about their peers’ research while also strengthening and/or gaining new skills such as presenting, communicating, critically-thinking, and the ability to peer-review scientific work! …

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15 October 2018

Interning for the National Park Service through “Geoscientists-in-the-Parks”

What do saber-tooth tigers, sheep ranches, sagebrush, and supervolcanoes have in common? They’re all in eastern Oregon! A former “Geoscientist-in-the-Park” writes about her time as an interpretive intern at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument this past summer.   The John Day Basin is dry, remote, and starkly beautiful. Over 50 million years of geology is recorded in the rugged mountains of the region, providing a glimpse into the …

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14 May 2018

Spring 2018 Virtual Poster Showcase: Announcing the Winners!

The 2018 Spring Virtual Poster Showcase brought students from high school to graduate school, and from near and far! We had 67 excellent presenters from countries around the world showcasing their hard work and contribution to the fields of earth and space science. Presenters were able to learn about their peers’ research while also strengthening and/or gaining new skills such as presenting, communicating, critically-thinking, and the ability to peer-review scientific …

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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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Building a Resilient Scientific Community: A Recap of the 2017 AGU Student & Early Career Scientist Conference

The Student and Early Career Scientist Conference at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans, on 10 2017, brought together 150 young scientists and professionals from 22 AGU sections. Attendees shared stories and exchanged ideas surrounding the conference theme, “Becoming a Resilient Scientific Community”  through plenaries, breakout sessions, and a gallery walk. Presentations at the conference addressed how to effectively conduct research across various spatial and temporal …

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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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26 January 2018

Your Weekly Top 5: How to Receive Feedback Effectively

Statistics show that employees want feedback, but they find receiving it may be a challenge. It’s difficult for the manager/supervisor, too, because he/she may not know how the employee will react. When receiving feedback, give the benefit of the doubt and put negative bias aside. Feedback is expected to be constructive, factual, fair, and objective. Remember that feedback is intended to create awareness and direction that can lead to your …

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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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9 January 2018

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Beat Seasonal Stress

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. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, winter has brought shortened daylight hours and cold weather. Combined with year-end activities (e.g., AGU’s Fall Meeting and the holiday …

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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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15 December 2017

It’s Never Too Early: Starting on your 2018 Fall Meeting Abstract

Now is the time to start preparing for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, which will be held in Washington DC, 10-14 December. What’s that?  You’ve barely gotten home from the 2017 meeting, and haven’t even unpacked your suitcase?  Great! The best time to start planning for next year’s meeting is when you are energized by all the great things you learned at this year’s meeting, and have all sorts of …

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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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5 December 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: Five Resources for Creating Your Scientific Poster

Conference posters are one of the most effective ways to communicate your work quickly to an audience, and poster presentations are on the rise. Posters can come in many forms and designs, but the most successful posters are simple and to-the point. Many of us here at AGU will create or review posters in New Orleans next week. If you are interacting with posters next week or in the future, …

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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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