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Orientation Guide.

Starting out as a graduate student in the weather and climate sciences, there’s a lot to get your head around. First and foremost, you need to get up-to-speed on the latest literature relevant to your research. While this can be a daunting task, as an expert in the field your supervisor can provide much needed guidance. In many cases, what can be more difficult is all the ancillary stuff that goes along with conducting a substantial research project. Like it or not, the success of your project also depends on your skills in computer programming, data management, word processing, and self promotion.

There’s a lot to learn in mastering these skills, which means your supervisor will almost certainly not have the time, inclination and/or knowledge to help you with all of them. Instead, graduate students are typically left to figure these things out for themselves, usually though a combination of pestering their colleagues and searching on Google. While most students are ultimately successful, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a basic orientation guide for newcomers, just to make the process a little easier?

By collecting up all the relevant posts from this blog, this page is my attempt at provide one such orientation guide…


Chapter 1: Programming


Chapter 2: Managing your code and data


Chapter 3: Writing and publishing


Chapter 4: Reading (and listening)


Chapter 5: Managing your career


Chapter 6: Managing your life


Summary/overview posts



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