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Weekly Resources from the Catalyst Community: Week of August 25th

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Read, Watch, Listen, a curated Collection of resources and stories from around the web

Welcome to our weekly showcase featuring a curated selection of valuable resources shared by our community. We explore various topics, including professional development, diversity, equity, and mentorship. We enjoy sharing these resources and hope they will benefit you as much as they have benefitted us.

Have you ever wondered what it would take to be a rocket scientist? Look no further than Nicole McGaa, a fourth-year undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led an all-Indigenous rocket team to victory in a competition organized by NASA. In a recent article in Nature, McGaa shares how her upbringing and Indigenous values informed her work, and her dreams of contributing to the health of astronauts in space. McGaa's story is just one of many inspiring tales of young innovators pushing the boundaries of science and technology.

Have you ever experienced a setback in your academic pursuits? You are not alone. A recent article in Nature highlights the struggles and successes of scientists who have faced failure in their PhD programs. One scientist, Jess McLaughlin, started a conversation on Twitter, asking for others to share their stories of failure. The response was overwhelming, with numerous researchers and academics sharing their tales of redemption. This article is a reminder that failure is not the end, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow. Check out the article for more inspiring stories of perseverance in academia.

In her TED Talk, Leah Georges discusses how generational stereotypes can hold us back at work. She argues that these stereotypes create a rift between employees, leading to misunderstandings and a lack of collaboration. Georges provides examples of how different generations can work together effectively, debunking the notion that they are all incompatible. By breaking down these stereotypes, she suggests that we can create a more positive workplace culture and increase productivity. Overall, Georges provides a compelling argument for why we need to move past generational stereotypes in the workplace.

Are you struggling with a gap in your employment history? Don't worry, it's not as bad as you may think. This blog post highlights the different types of employment gaps, and how to address them in a positive light with potential employers. It also explores strategic ways of framing this chapter in your narrative, including diversifying your skill set, highlighting transferable skills, and maintaining a positive mindset. Want to learn more? Check out the blog post.

Thanks for reading! If you have any interesting resources we should share in our next roundup, let us know at [email protected].

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