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Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for Every Advisor

Handbook / Manual

Series: AGU Special Publications Series Volume: 64

By: Sundar A Christopher (Author)

American Geophysical Union

Paperback | Jan 2011 | #230657 | ISBN-13: 9780875907369
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Graduate school can be an exciting, challenging time for students, but it can be scary and intimidating at the same time. Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must Read for Every Advisor outlines the steps and skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and in your career. "Insider tips" help students better understand their advisors, leading to more productive advisor/student relationships. The importance of sowing well now with good habits and management techniques in order to reap big later is the central focus of Navigating Graduate School and Beyond.


Preface vii

1. Introduction 1

2. Sowing 7
Cast a Vision 7
Do a SWOT 10
Avoid the Resume 14

3. Your Advisor and You 19
What Your Advisor Expects From You 19
Manage Your Advisor 22

4. Skills 29
Work Ethics for a Graduate Student 29
Take Initiative: Becoming a Resource Center 32
Take Ownership 35
Work Hard and Smart 37
Be Whole 42

5. Organize 47
Now Is the Time 47
Manage Your Time 49
Beat the Stress 53
Don't Get Weary 56

6. Writing 61
Ditch the Dissertation 61
Write a Paper 65

7. Proposals 75
Why Write a Proposal 75
Budgets 80
The Actual Proposal 85
Top Ten Dos for Proposal Writing 92
Proposal Review Process 93
Proposal Evaluation 97

8. Communicating 101
Learn to Talk 101
Conferences 107

9. Teams 115
Pick Your Team 115
Become a Team Player 118

10. Jobs 125
Danger of Not Finishing 125
Staying on 126
Postdoc 129
Get a Job 130
Job Interview 139

11. Career Exercises 147
Job Hunting and CV Exercises 147
Proposal Writing Exercises 147

12. Concluding Thoughts: The Final Word 149

Index 153

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