The group discusses the fickle nature of the cover letter, a document that many deem voluntary, but in actuality is an important means by which to present yourself and reiterate your skillset. We discuss the breakdown of the letter itself, how it can be efficiently constructed, and most impactful.
In in this episode, we are joined by 2 Yale PhD students to discuss the trials and tribulations of networking. This often misunderstood, yet essential, component of the job search need not require you to be socially outgoing, nor does it involve you asking others for steep favors! We discuss the subtle benefits that come from reaching out to others and, most importantly, listening to what they have to say.
Searching for jobs can seem daunting and stressful. A lack of clarity in what this process fully entails keeps many from being able to see their actual progress and identify other aspects that could use support. In this episode, we begin to break down the process itself, and investigate how routinizing various aspects of the process can help us not only when we are actively searching for a job, but also as we grow and develop professionally.
In this inaugural episode, the gang mulls over what makes experience “professional”. They also discuss how we have more agency over the ways in which we frame past experiences than we might initially believe! Listen as the group touches on a number of ways you can reminder yourself that experience is in the eye of the beholder (no, really!)
“Books, like landscapes, leave their marks in us,” Robert Macfarlane once wrote. “Certain books, though, like certain landscapes, stay with us even when we left them, changing not just our weathers but our climates.” Macfarlane’s writing has done this for us and for millions of readers. It has shifted our climates for the better, deepened our sympathies, expanded our understanding of and attention to our moral and physical landscapes, and reminded us of the stakes of being alive. In this episode, Macfarlane joins us to speak about his new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey. In the book, Macfarlane explores how we humans shape value across expanses of “deep time” — geological time in which the units of measurement are eons and epochs, not days or years — and asks: Are we being good ancestors? “When viewed in deep time, things come alive that seemed inert,” he writes. “New responsibilities declare themselves. A conviviality of being leaps to mind and eye. The world becomes eerily various and vibrant again. Ice breathes. Rock has tides. Mountains ebb and flow. Stone pulses. We live on a restless earth.”