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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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May 2, 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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March 26, 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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March 9, 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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