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2 The Theory for Work 80% of week - do the best job possible, focus on your research, solve important problems, teach an awesome class, etc. 10% of week - focus on personal development, explore issues important to your future 10% of week - tell people about the job you are doing, pitch ideas, be your own marketing team

3 Networking is… Meeting people Learning about careers, career paths, & job opportunities Informing people about your career goals and abilities

4 Networking is… A way to increase your job capture cross-section Something to engage in constantly –Posters ~ job fair –Seminars ~ recruiting presentation –Lab visits ~ informational interview –Literature search ~ company research Critical

5 Who is my network? Fellow students, colleagues, & coworkers Relatives Past Employers Scientists School Alumni, chapter alumni, etc. Other job seekers Anyone you feel comfortable talking to Not everyone in your network understands your sub- field, or is even a scientist!

6 Youve walked into an elevator here in the hotel. Someone asks What do you do? You have 60 seconds.. What do you tell them?

7 Field of Study The Actual Research Its Importance

8 The elevator talk Simple, non-technical summary or explanation of an idea that could be expressed in about 1 minute No jargon or geek language Good for: Quick meetings, introductions Leading people to ask more This is harder than it sounds - practice!

9 Elevator talk challenges Being brief Knowing your audience Explaining without notes, jargon, acronyms Establishing your credibility Helping the listener understand the relevance

10 I model the structure of hot gas in galaxies by looking at kinematic and chemical signatures in diffuse, high-z gas. I am looking for evidence of galactic fountains of gas created by supernova. This will help us understand how galaxies assemble over time.

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12 Fixing an elevator talk One technical term max Shorter sentences Use a short story, puzzle, or something concrete so the listener can relate it Test it on someone outside your field Analogies help - start with concrete idea, progress to abstract Write as you speak Imagine a high school student is the audience Clear & compelling?

13 Do you know how the atmosphere around the earth gets thinner as you go up in altitude? In the same way, the gas around galaxies gets thinner with altitude above the disc. When stars die, they explode as supernova, and blast material through the galactic gas. I study the chemical composition and movement of this blast material. If we can understand how it moves, we can understand a lot about how galaxies assemble and change over time.

14 5-minute office talk (paper, notes, whiteboard) 20-minute guest lecture A sales pitch …but it is the place to start to develop those. Elevator talk is not…


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