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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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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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April 19, 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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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 13, 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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January 26, 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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January 12, 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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January 9, 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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