Career Advice Webinars

Get career advice from top-notch career counselors! Every quarter AGU hosts a new webinar packed with guidance, tips, and wisdom from geoscience professionals.

10 (Surprising!) Ways You Can Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career and Profession

Tuesday  October 7 2014 3 PM EDT

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You may already have a profile on LinkedIn and perhaps you have sent some colleagues an “Invitation to Connect”. But what’s next? How can you use and leverage this critical tool to explore career paths, connect with decision-makers and potential collaborators and mentors, establish your brand (promise of value), amplify your reputation, learn important skills, and position yourself for the job of your dreams? In this webinar, you will learn about how LinkedIn is utilized by successful people in your profession and field and how it is used as a hiring technique to identify potential candidates for positions. You will also discover various valuable features to LinkedIn, many of which are often overlooked and misunderstood. You will emerge with specific steps you can take to improve your profile and its visibility, but also with a way of developing your own customized strategic plan to optimize your presence on LinkedIn for triumph in your career and in science.

Register here.

 

Introduction to Publishing for Early Career Researchers

Wiley is pleased to present an Introduction to Publishing for Early Career Researchers.

Tuesday 30th September 2014, 10:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST

If you’re just starting out in your research career then this webinar is for you… We will talk you through the writing and publishing processes using current examples, and providing you with helpful hints and tips.

Four of our experienced Editors will cover the following topics:
- So you’re thinking of writing a paper? Find out how and where to begin the writing process, and how to choose the right journal.
- How to write? We’ll guide you through what editors are looking for and how to tailor your writing to it.
- The publishing and peer review processes. Everything you need to know about the publishing process including time lines.
- Your paper has published, what next? Learn how to increase the exposure of your paper.

The Speakers:
Chair – Graham Woodward, Associate Marketing Director, Author Marketing
Fiona Hutton, Executive Editor, Open Access
Allyn Molina, Publisher, Life Sciences
Andrew Moore, Editor-in-Chief, BioEssays
Simone Taylor, Publisher, Engineering

This webinar will leave you feeling confident about publishing your research papers with Wiley.

Register for this FREE 1 hour webinar.

I am about to graduate – what on Earth do I do now? 10 things you can do NOW to get a job

Tuesday May 13 3 PM EDT

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Read the related article here.

View a recording of the webinar here.

Whether you started career planning and job searching a year ago, a month ago or today, there are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling to land a job you enjoy. Number 1: Don’t Panic! It’s never too late to launch a thoughtful strategy designed to land you employment. Number 2: Know you are valuable in myriad industries and ecosystems. In this webinar, you will learn specific tasks you can do RIGHT NOW to get a job and advance in your career. You will emerge with a solid and strategic plan that you can adapt at any stage of your career, but is especially valuable for those who are about to graduate or finish their postdoc and haven’t lined up a position yet. And perhaps equally important, you will leave the webinar feeling more confident and excited about what your near (and far) future holds for you. If you have questions in advance, don’t hesitate to email me at alaina@alainalevine.com, as I can incorporate your questions (completely anonymously) into the webinar.

Women in Geosciences: Improving Your Chance for Success

Tuesday 25th February  2014 1500h EST (1900h UT)

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Read the related article here.

Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Women have just as much opportunity for career triumph in geosciences (and other STEM fields) as men, and yet there is evidence that we are not paid as much as men, nor are there as many women in management and leadership roles in many industries. Why is this? We will explore how women can ensure their own success and enable their team members to thrive. We will also delve into some tricky issues, especially how women may sabotage their own success via verbal and non-verbal actions and non-actions, such as not negotiating. You will emerge from this webinar inspired with new tools to not only break the glass ceiling, but smash it to bits.

Note: Both women and men will find this webinar helpful and motivational in thinking about their own career advancement strategies and those of their colleagues.

Entrepreneurship 101 for Early Career Scientists

Tuesday 19th November 2013 1500h EST (1900h UT)

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View the slides from the webinar here.

The basics of entrepreneurship and adopting an innovative mindset for career success

What does it take to commercialize a great idea? What is the difference between great scientific ideas and great scientific innovations? What is the role of the STEM professional in a start-up?  Learn the basics of tech entrepreneurship, from identifying and fostering inventions for commercial viability to finding monetary support to fund your company (even in this economy). Learn about the elements of a business plan, and discover the multitude of resources available for early-career scientists who want to create entrepreneurial ventures. Take note: even if you are unsure about launching your own venture, you can still adopt an entrepreneurial mindset which will ultimately help you find success in whatever career you choose.

Transitioning Your Career from Academia to Industry

Tuesday 22nd October 2013 1500h EST (1900h UT)

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Read the related article here.

Making the transition from a career in academia to one in another sector is not as elusive or challenging as one might think. Science and engineering professionals who have spent time in academia have an amazing amount of skills that are transferable to a myriad of industries, and decision makers and hiring managers know this.

This webinar will explain how to craft a successful strategy for researching, preparing for, and ultimately transitioning to a career outside academia. It will also explain how to determine the right career for your needs, desires, and ambitions. Finally, this webinar will discuss how to stay connected and collaborative with colleagues in higher education, as well as other tactics for ensuring that the door is always open for your return to academia.

 

Escape from the Zombie Boss or Colleague

Tuesday 25 June 2013 1800h – 1900h EDT

Register for the next AGU Career Center Webinar: Escape from the Zombie Boss or Colleague

Zombie bosses or colleagues are everywhere – They hide in plain sight and smile at you, but behind the scenes they are working up a storm to bring you down. They may steal your work or malign your reputation, or worse. How do you escape, survive and thrive? In this webinar, we will discuss the various scenarios in which a Zombie boss or colleague reveals their true colors so you can be aware of the warning signs. We will then plot your escape – in a professional manner of course. It’s not always easy to get away from a Zombie, but it is important to remember that it is doable and necessary – especially if you want to advance your own career.

We are taking questions in advance which will be held completely anonymous and addressed during the webinar. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share your own Zombie boss or colleagues escape story, please email alaina@alainalevine.com. ALL COMMENTS, STORIES AND QUESTIONS WILL BE PRESENTED COMPLETELY ANONYMOUSLY, WITHOUT ANY POSSIBLE IDENTIFYING DETAIL (LIKE YOUR INSTITUTION OR FIELD).

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Negotiating a Postdoc Position

Join COSEE Ocean Systems and the Institute for Broadening Participation’s webinar on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
An experienced panel (both current postdocs and faculty members) will share their perspectives on this topic, followed by a Question & Answer period.
Preregistration is requested. Register and share questions here.

Managing the Two-Body Challenge: Two Partners, Two Careers, One Happy Life

Tuesday 19 March 2013 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Register for the next AGU Career Center Webinar: Managing the Two-Body Challenge: Two Partners, Two Careers, One Happy Life

You and your partner can both have fulfilling and exciting careers, and it can be done in the same location. In this webinar, we discuss the elements of the classic Two-Body Challenge (not problem), and how to look for, create, and negotiate for opportunities that meet both of your career goals.

Space is limited.

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Slides from this webinar are now available.

 

Communicating Science to the Public Symposium & Webinar

Friday 14 December 2012 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

http://www.nyas.org/CommunicatingScience2012

This interactive workshop teaches presentation strategies for scientists, students, and early-career scientists to effectively communicate their work to the general public or to individuals outside of their field.

 

Leveraging Social Media for Networking and Career Advancement

Thursday 1 November 2012 1500h – 1600h EDT (2000h-2100h UTC)

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More and more recruiters, job decision-makers and hiring managers are using the web to find and research potential candidates. How can you make sure that you are not only found, but are ahead of the pack? In this session, we will discuss how decision-makers use Linkedin and Facebook, and how you can use Linkedin to establish yourself as a leader in your field, enhance your research reputation, and seek out and take advantage of innovative opportunities. We will demonstrate how to create a winningLlinkedin profile, and how to use its multitude of features (such as joining and commenting in groups) to generate solid leads for your career.

The Biggest Mistakes You Should Never Make in the Postdoc And How to Avoid or Recover From Them

Thursday 13 September 2012 1500h – 1600h EDT (2000h-2100h UTC)

Presenter: Alaina Levine

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Read the article related to the webinar here.

There are classic mistakes that many postdocs, and those preparing for postdoc appointments, make that can inhibit their progression as a scientist. Learn what those mistakes are, how to avoid them, and if you find yourself making one of them, how to recover from them. Part of being successful in the postdoc appointment is to recognize that you are in control of your career (not your PI) and that you must make a strategic, personalized career plan that incorporates flexibility and contingencies for life’s twists and turns. This webinar will give you the opportunity to learn how to do this with confidence, as well as discover what to look for in and how you can leverage a postdoc appointment to set yourself up for success in the field.

 

Alaina G. Levine is President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers. She has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade, and has personally consulted with hundreds of early- and mid-career scientific professionals. The author of over

100 articles pertaining to science, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, Scientific American Online and New Scientist, Levine is a Contributor to National Geographic where she writes and blogs for their website. She also pens the Careers Column for The Euroscientist and the Profiles in Versatility career column for the American Physical Society’s national publication, APS News. Read her complete bio at www.alainalevine.com.

 

Webinar: Career Opportunities and Planning Strategies for Geosciences Doctorates

Tuesday 1st May, 2012 at 1500h-1600h EDT (2000h-2100h UTC)

Presenter: Alaina Levine

Register now! Material from this webinar is available here!

The PhD in Geosciences and related disciplines can open many doors for career opportunities, in realms, industries and organizations you might not have expected, even in this economic climate. The value of geosciences doctorates in industry and the many roles geosciences-educated professionals can play in traditional and non-traditional jobs in a multitude of arenas cannot be overemphasized. In this webinar, will discuss career and job opportunities available today for geosciences doctorates, and the essential search techniques that are needed to find and grasp these opportunities. We will analyze how to find a career that best matches your talents, goals, interests and passions, profile different career tracks, and examine the myriad roles that geosciences doctorates play in industry, government, non-profit, academia and other sectors.

Alaina G. Levine is President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with a focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers. She has been advising emerging and established scientists and engineers about their careers for over a decade, and has personally consulted with hundreds of early- and mid-career scientific professionals. The author of over

100 articles pertaining to science, science careers and business in such publications as Science, Nature, Scientific American Online and New Scientist, Levine is a Contributor to National Geographic where she writes and blogs for their website. She also pens the Careers Column for The Euroscientist and the Profiles in Versatility career column for the American Physical Society’s national publication, APS News. Read her complete bio at www.alainalevine.com.

For articles based on previous webinars, visit the Career Toolkit  section of the AGU Career Center!

 

Previous webinar: MS or PhD? Which is Right for Me?

Tuesday 28th February 2012 1500h-1600h EDT (2000h-2100h UTC)

Material from this webinar is available now.

Before you jump into any degree program, you need to have a goal. What kind of career do you desire? Do you want to work in academia or industry? Do you prefer research or public policy, teaching or outreach, or something else? In this webinar, we will discuss the multitude of career tracks that can be accessed by pursuing either an MS and a PhD in geosciences and related subjects. We will address which degree is needed for which career paths, and what benefits are provided by obtaining one degree over the other. We will also discuss whether a research career in particular can be achieved with simply an MS, and in what arenas this can be pursued.

Presenter: Alaina Levine

Date:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Time:

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT