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2 questions for a resume

1.What ​​experiences ​​or ​​jobs ​​do ​​I​​ need ​​to​​ have​​ in​​ high​​ school ​​to​​ get ​​a ​​job​​ in​​ astronomy when ​​I​​ go​​ to​​ college?
2.What starter jobs are recommended to get into, for setting up a resume for astronomy #career

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Natalie’s Answer

When you're starting your career it's less important to get a job in your field and more important to build up work ethic and general work or volunteer experience. For your first jobs in college, it's ok if they aren't directly related to astronomy, even if that's your long term goal. Most people's first few jobs aren't related to what they end up doing long term! It's more important to be able to talk about why you took those jobs, what you learned, and how you grew into your next job (again, even if that's not related to astronomy).

All that being said, if you do manage to get an entry level job or volunteer role at a planetarium or a science museum, that would be pretty cool too!
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Kim’s Answer

Dorian,

I'd look at joining the San Antonio Astronomical Association, and volunteering at the various events.
http://sanantonioastronomy.org/
I live near Crescent Bend Park, and the SAAA sometimes has star gazing nights out there, because there is still a minimal amount of light pollution.

Also check out this website that I somehow stumbled across (I'm not into astronomy, but was looking for dark sky opportunities because I miss seeing all the stars from when I lived in the country!) There are various links on the site, and the info that goes into creating it is pretty educational! https://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/

Getting to know people is half (or more!) of the battle to getting a job. So, don't overlook the volunteer stuff, which can be incorporated into your resume.

If you've never been to the "Analytic Scientific" store, I recommend you check it out. It might be a good "first job," even if not directly in the astronomy dept of the store. https://www.analyticalsci.com/

Best of luck!
Kim


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Dorian! Astronomy is a very interesting field and as a high school student entering college you still have so many more experiences to live but that being said yes you can definitely start getting involved with activities for your career. I think in high school it may be difficult to get an experience or job that directly relates to a job in astronomy but if you have part time work in another area that could also be helpful. When you are in a job it matters about work ethic, responsibilities, leadership and integrity among other things and if you have experiences where you are part of a team and know how to work with others or you held down a job as a part time waiter or barista at Starbucks (as an example) and you can think on your feet, then these skills can still transfer over to a job in astronomy. In college the education you will receive will make it easier for you to apply to astronomy jobs; however when you go to college you can take part in possibly an astronomy club and internships as well. Many internships transition to paid positions with the company or organization that offers it, not to mention it being a useful experience when applying more broadly, so this is definitely something to consider!

I hope this helps in answering your question!
Best of luck!
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Neeraj’s Answer

Hi Dorian, Truly love your interest and passion in astronomy at this stage! I agree with Yasemin's answer in principle. I would also strongly encourage to try and find opportunities at planetarium. They also sometimes have volunteering opportunities which can be performed as per your schedule. I noticed you are based in San Antonio, TX and you are in luck with having Scobee Planetarium (http://sacscobee.org/). Good Luck and Enjoy!

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