CUAHSI-AGU H3S 2019 Fall Cyberseminar Series:

Beyond Grad School: a Guide to Landing Your Dream Job

Every Thursday in September, the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) will be holding a joint cyberseminar with CUAHSI aimed to provide guidance for students and early career scientists who are or will soon be navigating the job application process. This series will be a four-part cyber-panel with weekly topics including: 1) the pre-application phase (i.e. when and how to start), 2) the application phase (i.e. materials and interviews), 3) the post-application negotiations, and 4) the job transition. Each panel will include members from academia, government, and industry positions and comprised of a discussion and Q&A session. If you have specific questions that you would like the panelists to answer, tweet us @AGU_H3S!

All talks take place on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

  • September 5, 2019: The pre-application phase (i.e. when and how to start) | Speakers TBA
  • September 12, 2019: The application phase (i.e. materials and interviews) | Speakers TBA
  • September 19, 2019: The post-application negotiations | Speakers TBA
  • September 26, 2019: The job transition | Speakers TBA


Registration is free! To register for this series, click here.


Presentation Abstracts and Recordings

  • September 5, 2019: Speakers TBA

    The pre-application phase (i.e. when and how to start)

    This panel will discuss the initial phases of the job application process such as when, where, and how to start looking for your next position. Topics, such as what positions and fellowships are available, what are the available online resources, when you should start contacting potential advisors and employers, and what questions you should be asking during this stage, will also be discussed.

  • September 12, 2019: Speakers TBA

    The application phase (i.e. materials and interviews)

    There is so much that goes into a job application, from the application materials (CV/resume, cover letter, etc.) to interviews (both phone and in-person). This session will cover each step of the application process. Panelists will share their experiences writing application documents and conducting interviews with the hope of sharing expected and unexpected aspects of the process. Panelists that have served on search committees will also provide students and early career scientists with feedback from the employer’s perspective.

  • September 19, 2019: Speakers TBA

    The post-application negotiations

    The process doesn’t end once you land your ‘dream job’. There are negotiations to be made and papers to sign, and for many recent or soon-to-be graduates, this is foreign territory. You may even have multiple offers which can be difficult to manage. In this session, panelists will discuss their experience throughout the decision and negotiation process and provide tips-and-tricks that helped them succeed in the process.

  • September 26, 2019: Speakers TBA

    The job transition

    The last session of this series will focus on the first year in your new position. Discussions will touch on how to wrap up the remaining tasks of your PhD and what to expect, what is expected, and barriers or struggles you may face in the new job. This is really an opportunity to have an open conversation with panelists about the transition from graduate school to a post-PhD position whether it is in academia, industry, or government.