Get the most out of the Fall Meeting by attending these career guidance workshops. All of these workshops are in Moscone South Mezzanine room 270.

Transitioning Beyond Academia

Monday 15th December 1100h-1200h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Making the transition from a career in academia to one in another sector is not as elusive or challenging as you may think. Science and engineering professionals who have spent time in academia have an amazing number of skills that are transferable to industry, and decision makers and hiring managers know this. The key is being able to articulate your true value in a way that decision makers can understand by using their language. We will examine how to craft a successful strategy for researching, preparing, and ultimately transitioning to a career outside academia, and we will explore how to determine the right careers for your needs, desires, and ambitions. Even though you may want to leave academia now, you still can stay connected and collaborative with colleagues in higher education, in case you want to come back in the future. We will discuss tactics to ensuring that the door is always open for your return.

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

Monday 15th December 1400h-1500h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Specifically targeted toward those in or interested in postdoc appointments, this workshop will focus on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for scientists. We will investigate how early career scientists and engineers can best prepare for this challenge, specifically when preparing for a postdoc and in the postdoc appointment itself. We will demonstrate how to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies. We will discuss what early career scientists and engineers should do now to enhance their CVs and research reputations, and what they should look for in, and how they can leverage, their postdoc appointment to set themselves up for success in the field.

Not Geoscience As Usual –Science Policy Fellowship Opportunities

Tuesday 16th December 1000h-1100h

Moderator: Barry Williams, Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, American Association for the Advancement Science

Fellows: TBD

This workshop explores opportunities for scientists and engineers to contribute to the policy-making processes, the rewards of civic engagement, and transferable skills that can be developed and applied broadly to a successful career.

The session will examine opportunities to contribute leadership and innovation to effect and implement policies that serve society across the various sectors. It underscores the influence of geophysical sciences and technology on the policy-making process and the impacts of policy-making on the geosciences and technology enterprise; and provides strategies and resources to learn more about and engage in policy across career stages.

Using the model of the Science & Technology Policy Fellowships of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the panel of scientists and engineers will share experiences, insights, and lessons learned about developing skills and applying science to enhance policy at the state, federal and international levels.

Preparing a Successful NSF Graduate Fellowship Program Application

Tuesday 16th December 1100h-1200h

This workshop is designed for undergraduates, pre-candidate graduate students, and faculty members who wish to know more about how to prepare a successful NSF Graduate Fellowship Program (GRFP) application. NSF GRFP winners from different disciplines will describe their experience  preparing the application and answer questions about the application process.

Accessing Hidden Career Opportunities through Networking and Reputation Management

Wednesday 17th December 1100h-1200h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Most jobs and other game-changing career opportunities are not advertised, and even if they are, there is usually a short-list of candidates already in mind. So how do you find out about and access the 90% of jobs and other opportunities that are “hidden”? In this keynote, we will focus on strategies and tactics to identify new opportunities, locate decision-makers within organizations, solidify your reputation and brand in the minds of those who hire, and gain access to hidden jobs and career-changing opportunities. Our guiding mantra is: seek out as many opportunities as you can; if you don’t see an opportunity that you need, ask for it; if you ask and it doesn’t exist, create it yourself!

Negotiation Strategy and Tactics

Wednesday 17th December 1500h-1600h

Speaker: Alaina Levine, Quantum Success Solutions

Did you know that the salary of your very first job after graduation determines your salaries for the rest of your life? Learn how to create a win-win situation and negotiate right from start to finish in the job decision process. Clarifying your needs and wants, and those of the other party are key. The negotiation skills you learn are valuable in that they can be applied to any situation in your professional (and even personal) life.

APECS-AGU Cryosphere Career panel discussion and pub meetup

Wednesday 17th December 1800h-1930h

Join us for a panel discussion by experts in polar science and the cryosphere! The discussion will address the exciting career opportunities and challenges faced by scientists who study these frozen realms. The panel members are at various stages of their careers both within and outside of university settings. The floor will be open for a moderated conversation on any aspect of careers in polar science that interests the audience. This event is held in partnership between the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.

After the panel, we will be continuing the evening of discussion and networking at the nearby pub John Collins (138 Minna Street) from 7:30-9:00. Join us there even if you can’t make the panel. We welcome the attendance of those at *all career stages*!