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Career Opportunities Networking Lunch

When: Wednesday, 15 December, 1230h–1330h

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis Golden Gate Salon B

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and discuss career possibilities with scientists and employers in sectors other than academia. This is a ticketed event; the first 200 students to collect tickets from the Career Center beforehand will be admitted to the lunch. This event is made possible by generous support from Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Swiss Re. The Career Opportunities Networking Lunch is a collaboration between American Geophysical Union and the American Geological Institute.

Here's a short video of last year's Career Opportunity Networking Lunch, courtesy of AGI.

Employers who would like to participate in the Career Opportunities Networking Lunch and meet the most talented Earth and space scientists, please register here.

Career Fair and Career Center

When: Monday through Friday, 0800h–1800h

Where: Moscone South Poster Hall

Visit the Career Center and find a great new employee or an exciting new job opportunity!

No more messy job boards and unwieldy resume binders, this year's Career Center features AGU's online resource designed to not only help you find the best job opportunities in the Earth and space sciences, but also connect with employers and set up interviews in advance of the upcoming AGU 2010 Fall Meeting in San Francisco! Upload your resume and browse the jobs at Career Center! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with best employers in the Earth and space sciences!

After logging in or creating an account, you must click the Register Now link on the screen titled My Account, in order to see the Career Fair packages (for advertisers) and for job seekers to indicate that they are available for interviews during the meeting.

One-on-One Career Consultations 

When: Tuesday 14 December

Where: Career Center, Main Poster Hall

All appointment times are now taken. Please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Get expert, personal advice about your career! One-on-One Career Consultations will be approximately 20 minutes long and are scheduled in advance. Meet with Alaina Levine, a nationally-recognized, scientific career expert, to discuss any career-related issues you have including: career planning and searching, CV/resume writing, cover letter writing, professional development, professional etiquette, networking, negotiation, etc. All consultations are completely confidential so you are welcome to ask whatever questions you want. Bring your CV/resume, cover letter, and any other item you wish to have critiqued. 

These consultations will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. To schedule an interview, please send an email to careers@agu.org headed 'One-on-One Career Consultations' with the following information: 

First name 
Last name 
Cell phone number
Email address
Are you a student? (Yes or no) 
Do you prefer a morning or afternoon appointment? (Morning/afternoon) 

You will receive an email in reply with your appointment. If all times get filled, careers staff will keep a stand-by list.

Congressional Science Fellowship and Mass Media Fellowship Luncheon

When: Wednesday, 15 December, 1230h–1330h

Where: InterContinental San Francisco Grand Ballroom C

Learn about two exciting AGU Fellowships at this lunch event. Current Congressional Science Fellows will detail their experiences working in Congress for one year. Past Mass Media Fellows will share their stories of working as a reporter for a news organization for ten weeks. Lunch will be served, but space is limited. No advance registration is required.

Informal career talks in the Career Lounge at AGU Fall Meeting

The Career Lounge next to the Career Center at the AGU Fall Meeting will feature informal talks and presentations on careers. Find out how Earth and space scientists have put their science to work in a variety of areas!

Scheduled talks:

When: Monday, 13 December 1200h
Wednesday, 15 December 1430h

Outstanding Resumes and CVs for Outstanding Careers
Award-winning career counselor Alaina Levine will tell you that resumes and CVs don't get you jobs, they get you interviews. Learn the secrets of making your resume or CV one that stands out from the crowd, ensuring it will be read and articulates your value to the organization. Discover what to absolutely include and what to absolutely omit from your resume or CV.

When: Monday, 13 December, 1400h–1500h

Vidal Salzar of National Center for Atmospheric Research's Earth Observing Laboratory will talk about careers in atmospheric sciences with special focus on encouraging students from underrepresented minorities. Vidal will talk about talk about his career path and share how he went from a student to a project manager doing field work all over the world. This talk will be in English and Spanish depending on the audience.
You can watch a video about the range of careers in atmospheric sciences at NCAR here.

When: Monday, 13 December, 1600h–1700h

Professional Leadership Skills for Scientists
Alaina Levine will lead an introduction and overview of strategic principles that ensure you triumph in your career, and how to identify and seize valuable opportunities that will contribute to your success. The skills every scientist needs to succeed will be identified and examined, including leadership and teamwork development, communication, networking, self-promotion, contact management, partnering with a mentor, and branding. You will also discover how to empower yourself, and the importance of getting noticed for your technical talents.

When: Monday, 13 December, 1600h–1700h
Tuesday, 14 December, 1600h–1700h

Representatives from ExxonMobil will talk about their careers in the exploration industry and what it's like to work in a large company.

When: Tuessday, 14 December, 1100h–1200h

Robert Irion

Careers in science writing and journalism
Robert Irion, director and senior lecturer of the Science Communication program of UC Santa Cruz, will discuss his experiences as an award-winning writer of science books and magazine articles (in Smithsonian Magazine, Discover, New Scientist, Scientific American, and National Geographic). Ask Robert how he draws on his training in Earth and planetary science and how he makes complex science accessible to a general audience. Or try pitching your current research to him for an article!

When: Tuessday, 14 December, 1400h–1500h

NASA One Stop Shop Initiative and National Science Foundation Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships.
Learn about a variety of NASA and National Science Foundation paid research experiences, scholarships, and fellowships in the Earth Sciences. Receive information on how to search for and apply for scholarships, fellowships, and internships in a wide variety of disciplines and geographic regions. Ask questions about finding opportunities and receive tips on identifying research and funding opportunities that meet your needs and interests.

When: Wednesday, 15 December, 1000h–1100h

Alaina Levine

Effective Networking Strategies
Learn how to appropriately promote yourself and build a network. Discover how to “work a room”, start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory. The importance of and use of social networks will be emphasized. Remember: as you increase and diversify your network, you better your chances for identifying and accessing hidden career opportunities such as jobs, fellowships, committees, awards, and, of course, research experiences.

When: Wednesday, 15 December, 1100h–1200h

Dr. Jason Day
Dr. Ilya Fischhoff

Science in congressional offices on Capitol Hill
AGU Congressional Science Fellow Dr. Jason Day will talk about how he uses his science (Jason's Ph.D. is in atomic, molecular, and optical physics) in policy discussions in the office of Senator Al Franken. Find out how often Senator Franken asks about quantum entanglement or the Large Hadron Collider's chances of creating a Higgs Boson! Or if Jason's boss is as witty in the halls of power as he was on Saturday Night Live!

With a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and research background of zebra behavior, AGU Congressional Science Fellow Dr. Ilya Fischhoff will talk about how working in Representative Ed Markey's office has broadened his expertise to include policy on nuclear non-proliferation, trade, and other societally vital issues.

The 2012 Project Luncheon
A Year of Opportunity for Women Scientists: Step Forward and Run

When: Thursday, 16 December, 1230h–1330h

Where: InterContinental San Francisco Grand Ballroom C

A free luncheon event

The U.S. has a poor track record of electing women. Only 24 percent of state legislators nationwide are women. Only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress is female. This under-representation of women in public office has a profound impact on policymaking. Enter the 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign to increase the number of women in legislative office by identifying and engaging accomplished women 45 and older from under-represented fields and industries, like science.

Bring a friend and come meet our panel of former officeholders who will talk about their experiences as public officials and explain why 2012 is such an important year and how vital it is that women like American Geophysical Union's members run for public office. They will also help you connect with organizations that can further your bid to enter public service in practical, tangible ways. This is a must-attend session for anyone interested in making a difference in our country's future.

The discussion will be a luncheon event, free and open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees.


Delaine Eastin

Delaine Eastin served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) for eight years from 1995 to 2003, the first and only woman in history to hold that position. As an elected constitutional officer, Ms. Eastin managed more than 40% of the California budget and oversaw the education of 6.1 million children. Prior to serving as the SPI, she served 8 years in the California State Assembly and chaired the Assembly Education Committee. After leaving as SPI, Ms. Eastin was the Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland, California. She now does consulting and speaking.

Stacy Mason

Stacy Mason is campaign manager of the 2012 Project. She co-founded and has served for two years as executive director of WomenCount, the online political organization that is now a partner of the 2012 Project. Previously, she worked in political journalism, serving as editor-in-chief of Roll Call, the newspaper that covers the U.S. Congress; associate publisher of The Federal Paper, a newspaper focusing on the White House and politics; and development director at The Economist. Ms. Mason holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University.

Bev Hansen

Bev Hansen served in the California State Assembly (District 8) from 1986 to 1992. During her service in the State Assembly, some of her positions included: Republican Caucus Chair, Assembly Rural Caucus Chair, and Assembly Republican Liaison to both Governors Deukmejian and Wilson. Her private sector work has included eight years experience in the real estate and community planning professions. She also has served as Vice President and President of the state organization “California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research.” Ms. Hansen's education includes a political science background from the University of California at Berkeley.