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April 15, 2019

Polishing Your Profile

By Lisa M. Balbes 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 …

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March 11, 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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February 21, 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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January 14, 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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December 28, 2018

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

By Shane M Hanlon 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, …

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September 24, 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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August 27, 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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July 31, 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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June 29, 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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June 26, 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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