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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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February 11, 2019

Survey Says…

For the last five years, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has collected data from graduates of geosciences programs about their education and career activities.  Some of the most interesting results from the 2016-2017 academic year survey are summarized below. This year, 513 students (419 bachelor, 58 masters, and 36 doctoral) from 147 schools participated. The demographics have not changed significantly, with 40% or more females at all degree levels, and …

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February 1, 2019

Volunteering and Experience Beyond Your Field

As an undergraduate student, you often hear the words “experience” and “internship” and feel the pressure of obtaining an internship or experience directly related to your major(s) and intended career path. While it is important to gain experience in your field where you can see the practical applications of the knowledge you have gained through your coursework, volunteering and other experiences outside of your major(s) can be equally beneficial. We’ve …

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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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October 15, 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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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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May 23, 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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May 14, 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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