Career Services

Career Services at the AAS Booth #425
The AAS Booth is a place for job seekers to find out who at the meeting is interviewing (formally or informally) for open positions. For employers, the AAS Booth is where they can advertise their jobs and meet with interested candidates, either formally, in a reserved interview room, or informally, in the AAS Booth or exhibit hall.

Career Networking & Job Fair
Tuesday, 8 January, 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm; Exhibit Hall 4AB

Recruiters will be in the exhibit hall, just beyond the World Wide Telescope dome, and looking to talk with attendees about their open positions and more. Participating institutions include Aisera, AURA, BlackSky, Chicago Trading Company, Descartes Lab, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), Rose-Hulman Institute, Samba TV, Schireson Associates, Space Science Institute, Space Telescope Science Institute, The SETI Institute, Twitter.

One-on-One Career Consultations
Throughout the meeting in 20 minute sessions. Visit the AAS Booth to sign up or check in for your appointment ($20 per session)

Alaina Levine of Quantum Success Solutions and author of the award-winning book, Networking for Nerds, will meet individually with attendees to provide confidential, customized career advice. Those with appointments are encouraged to bring their CV/résumé, cover letter, or any other item you wish to have evaluated.

Careers 101: Career Planning Workshop and Panel for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Monday, 7 January, 9:30 am to 11:30 am; Room 4C-3

This FREE workshop and panel discussion will center on the current and expanding crisis in the job and career market for astronomers. Specifically targeted towards graduate students and postdocs, this workshop will identify and investigate the shortage of traditional astronomy jobs, and how early-career scientists can best prepare for this challenge. Our focus will be on career planning for traditional astronomy positions. We will demonstrate how to orchestrate a personal career plan and develop a Plan B and Plan C for contingencies. Q&A between panelists and workshop participants will be highly encouraged.

Career Hour - Networking for Nerds: Create Your Dream Career in Real Life (IRL) and via Social Media
Monday, 7 January, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm; Room 4C-3

Do you want to land your dream job? Get ready to network! Most jobs and other game-changing career opportunities are not advertised, and even if they are, there is usually a short-list of candidates already in mind. So how do you find out about and access the 90% of jobs and other opportunities that are "hidden"? In this session, we will focus on proven networking strategies and tactics to identify new opportunities, locate decision-makers within organizations, solidify your reputation and brand in the minds of those who hire, and gain access to hidden jobs and game-changing opportunities. Discover how networking and self-promotion, especially on social media, can enable you to land or even create your dream job from scratch!

Beyond the Academy Career Hour: Transitioning to a Career in Data Science (Panel Discussion)
Tuesday, 8 January, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm; Room 4C-2

Data science is one of the most promising and popular non-academic career options for astronomers. However, while many young astronomers hear the message that data science is a possible employment outcome, they often do not hear the associated message of how to make the transition. This workshop aims to address this shortfall by featuring a panel of astronomers who have already made the transition. As there are numerous paths and entry points into data science, the panel will include 3-4 data scientists with a variety of transition experiences (such as little to no formal training, university training, or bootcamp training). Panelists will share their experiences on these different paths, describe the pros and cons of each, and answer questions from attendees. This career hour is sponsored in part by the American Institute of Physics.

Beyond the Academy Round Table Discussions and Career Fair
Tuesday, 8 January, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; Exhibit Hall 4AB

To provide first-hand insight into the wide variety of career paths available to those with degrees and/or advanced training in the astronomical sciences, the AAS Employment Committee (EC) is convening representatives from various career arenas beyond research universities — e.g., the aerospace and data science industries; national labs; science policy institutes/agencies; and small colleges — for an hour of informal discussions with attendees of AAS 233.

Several career path representatives will be drawn from the panel at the associated Beyond the Academy Career Hour: Transitioning to a Career in Data Science, and the remainder will be AAS 233 attendees and exhibitors specifically recruited by the Committee so as to adequately cover the various career areas. Each representative will serve as a discussion lead at a round table in the exhibit hall's Career Center. After a brief welcome and introduction by the EC Chair, participants will be invited to choose among -- and circulate among — the “Career Path Rep” tables as they see fit, sitting down to ask questions or just listening in to the conversation. The first hour will feature the round table event described above, followed by a 1-hour recruiting event, where job seekers can sign up for interviews with recruiters.

Career Hour - Interviewing: What You Need to do Before, During, and After to Get the Job
Wednesday, 9 January, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm; Room 4C-3

Learn what you need to know and do to get the job from the first moment of contact to the moment you leave the interview.