Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Here are a few sample questions that you can use for your panel discussion. They of course depend on your topic. Do you have ideas for other questions that can be discussed at panels that you want to add to this list? Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • What is the one piece of advice you wish you had heard at an earlier stage in your career?
  • What makes a strong application, besides a good publication record for academic positions?
  • How do I find out about opportunities and jobs outside the academic world?
  • Do you recommend approaching professors about postdoc (or other) positions even if they don't have any posted?
  • How do you go about finding a mentor who isn't your adviser?
  • If all of my training has been in academia (i.e. Through the Ph.D. process) how do I learn how to write a resume or cover letter for a non-academic job?
  • How do you know if you are over or under-qualified for a job?
  • Is it possible to have a research career with a Masters degree, or do you need a Ph.D.?
  • What do people look for in Polar scholarship applications and Polar science funding applications?
  • How do you put your involvement in Education and Outreach activities (school talks, news spots, radio interviews etc.) on your C.V.? How important are these activities to your funding and job applications?
  • How do you get in contact with the scientists who you consider leaders in your field when you've read their papers and you want to work with them?
  • How do you make contacts outside of your country or discipline if you're finding it hard to meet people with similar interests?
  • How do you start international collaborations in the field of Polar research?
  • Are there sources of funding for independent people (such as journalists and artists) to work in the Polar Regions?
  • How many postdoc positions is too many? To what extent should your postdoc be in a similar field to the specific field of your Ph.D. or should you try to diversify?
  • How many authors can you be down the author's list on a publication before you don't really count?
  • When making funding decisions, do people take into consideration people will get more publications out of a Ph.D. in some subject areas than others (i.e. that some fields are easier to publish in than others)?
  • What role do young/early career scientists play in shaping the future of Polar research?

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