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  • The Waiting Season - How to Cope
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  • Mentoring More Efficiently and Sustainably
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  • The Fresh Start Effect
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Applying for Jobs with the US Government

We've talked about which federal agencies and contractors hire scientists  as well as how you can go about finding and reading jobs ads; however, if you are looking for a job in the federal government, you should also check out this video from OITE.

This tutorial on USAJobs.gov will help you better understand the application process for government positions.

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The Waiting Season - How to Cope

Waiting for news about our future, whether that be about grad or med school, a new job, or a health diagnosis, can be hard to tolerate. With it often comes feelings of anxiety, fear of the unknown, or worry about potential news we’re not hoping for. These feelings are often intense and highly uncomfortable so we can find ourselves coping with them by distracting, numbing, avoiding, or constantly checking our devices for any new information that may have come in the last few minutes. This can sometimes feel like a new-found anxiety.

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Mentoring More Efficiently and Sustainably

Mentoring is essential for the next generation of scientists. It can also be exhausting when you are managing largen mentoring responsibilities on top of your everyday work.  The Harvard Business Review offers five strategies to help you manage mentorship efficiently and sustainably throughout your career. These are summarized below, but the full article can be read here: How to Mentor More People and Not Get Burned Out. 

1. Team-Based Mentorship:

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Burn Out a Work

Burnout often presents with three tell-tale symptoms. 1. Emotional exhaustion – you might have moments where you feel temporarily re-energized but then it is quickly swallowed up by an overall feeling of exhaustion. 2. Cynicism or feeling disengaged from your work – a feeling that none of what you do really matters anyway. 3. Self-doubt – burnout can also present by feeling like you are not qualified or good enough to perform the tasks of your job.

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The Fresh Start Effect

An interesting research paper from the NIH sheds some light on new year’s resolutions.

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Tired of SMART Goals? Try WOOP!

We are entering the season of New Year’s Resolutions and goal setting.  A commonly used framework for goal setting is to make your goals SMART. It is an approach we have encouraged through the years as it reminds you to make goals that are specific, measurable, action-oriented & achievable, realistic & time-oriented. 

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Help to Assess Your Career Growth

Post written by: Anne Kirchgessner, OITE Career Counselor

Recently, the OITE career counselors read an article by Leigh Branham about Questions People Need to Ask about Career Growth as posted within the National Career Development Association

Overthinking and Underperforming

Sometimes we can find ourselves stuck in unhelpful, thought patterns that lead us to feel overwhelmed. This can impact our mood and ultimately how we show up at work, in our relationships and in other areas of our lives.  Overthinking is an unhealthy habit in which the negative, critical, internal running commentary analyzes behaviors or words by others and concludes that the intent was negative.

Online Chat: "A Day in the Life of..." Career Options for Scientists

The transcript of today's chat, the first in an interactive, online chat series on career options for scientists this fall, can be found below. EVENT: A Day in the Life of...A Public Health Analyst GUEST: David Kosub, Ph.D., Public Health Analyst, NIAID, NIH DATE: Thursday, September 16, 2010 RESOURCES:

Mid-Year Check on Career Resolutions

Mid-Year Check on Career Resolutions

Sometimes at the start of a new year, we are a bit overambitious with what we hope to achieve in the year ahead. How are your resolutions going so far? The halfway point can be a nice time to reflect on your goals. It might help to make them more manageable by following these simple tips below:

Be Realistic