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January 16, 2020

Mentors Have The Power To Shape Your Life: AGU Interns Share Their Experiences for Thank Your Mentor Month

January is Thank Your Mentor Month and we wanted to highlight some of the personal mentorship experiences from two of our AGU interns, Christina Martinez and Perri Silverhart. Christina I was fortunate to meet my mentor this past June during SAGE (Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience). I was on the verge of completing my undergraduate degree and she had just finished defending her PhD. I met Andy Crieghton when I …

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December 20, 2019

Three Tips for Life After College

1. Monitor Your Finances It’s always a good time to start practicing fiscal responsibility. One way to do this is to monitor your monthly expenses and earnings using an Excel tracker. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, as there are many money-tracker templates available online. These templates have categories such as savings, earnings, and grocery bills to help you know precisely how you spend your money. Knowing your spending …

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September 19, 2019

How to Take Advantage of Networking and Software Training

“We’ve had an overwhelming response and fortunately, your application has been successful.” This is the type of favourable reaction everyone wants to achieve. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into a three-day long software training program at Datamine, in order to learn about their new software called Map Info. The knowledge provided throughout the course was exceptional, but the networking expertise gained from this experience was undeniably the most invaluable …

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September 10, 2019

How to Manage Your Job Search as a Full-Time Student

Senior year of college is stressful enough without the additional pressure of finding a job or impressive internship to start immediately after graduation. Between challenging classes, on-campus jobs, senior thesis research, and trying to savor fun moments with friends, you will probably find yourself pressed for time in every area of your life. As someone who struggled with this balance, I am here to offer some advice on how to …

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August 7, 2019

The Benefits of Attending Conferences

Although young researchers might feel intimidated by conferences and presenting research for the first time, conferences provide a significant amount of professional and personal development, which makes them an extremely valuable experience. Communicating research in a concise and engaging way can be challenging, especially for less experienced researchers. Presenting at a conference allows young researchers to refine their communication skills. Researchers can practice presenting to an audience and receive immediate feedback …

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July 3, 2019

Workplace Etiquette

When it comes to navigating the workplace, professional etiquette is crucial. The image that you portray–particularly your first impression–is one you will carry throughout the duration of your employment at an organization. This perception that you cultivate with your looks and demeanor, as well as how you choose to represent your workplace during off hours, can serve to either hurt or help your career. Here are some helpful tips for …

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July 1, 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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May 28, 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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May 23, 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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May 14, 2019

Getting Ahead Online: AGU’s Virtual Poster Showcase

It is undeniable that conferences offer a plethora of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to network, learn, and receive crucial feedback on their research from peers and subject matter experts in their field. As exciting and beneficial as conferences are, some students miss out on these career-building opportunities. For this reason, AGU holds a Virtual Poster Showcase (VPS) in which undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe can …

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