Mentoring365 adds partners to help fill gaps essential for a successful career within and beyond academia

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Today, the American Astronomical Society (AAS), American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) joined seven other organizations as partners to expand the Mentoring365 program, which is dedicated to helping fill gaps in resources essential to a successful career and expanding opportunities within and beyond academia. Individuals in the Earth and space sciences (ESS) community will find other professionals who can help them further their careers through opportunities to enhance their communication and leadership skills, explore ESS disciplines and build connections to successfully move their careers and education forward.

The seven other organizations are: American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorology Society (AMS), Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), Deutschen Geophysikalischen Gesellschaft (DGG), Geological Society of America (GSA), Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted concerns that could impact the Earth and space sciences workforce for years to come, including a lack of community-building opportunities, given stay-at-home orders and canceled conferences; a lack of career advice and professional development opportunities for early career researchers and students, especially individuals from underrepresented populations; and decreased job opportunities and access to financial support.

Mentoring365 partners are focused on filling the gap in resources, with the goal of fostering a robust, diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce of talented Earth and space scientists equipped with the skills needed to address the challenges our environment and planet are facing.

Individuals in the Earth and space sciences community are strongly encouraged to create profiles to serve as a mentor, mentee or both. Mentoring365 provides structured, relationship-building tools in a safe online platform to develop and succeed at focused career goals. Users can choose to engage one-time or long-term as well as one-on-one or in small groups to create a customized experience that best fits their own needs and availability.

Individuals who are members of one of these 10 organizations will have already been vetted for a background check. If a potential mentor or mentee is not a member of one of these organizations, the person must submit to a free background check. All mentors and mentees also agree to adhere to Safe AGU. Additional safety measures will include training videos that offer guidance on working with and supporting early career professionals and students.

For more information or to sign up as a mentor or mentee to Mentoring365, please visit: https://mentoring365.chronus.com

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