Instagram Giveaway: Win a Get To Work Book!

And now for something completely different!

I’m hosting a Summer Giveaway over on my Instagram profile. Here are the details:

Enter my Summer Instagram Giveaway for a chance to win a 2017-2018 academic year Get To Work Book.

This awesome black-and-white, minimalist planner is both beautiful and functional, to help you get your work and life focused on success. Whether you’re hunting for your dream job or you’ve already found it, the Get To Work Book will help you tackle your goals big and small, one day at a time.

To Enter

  1. Like this post
  2. Follow @laurarobertsbooks and @gettoworkbook on Instagram
  3. Tag a friend! (Use the @ key on the Instagram post.)

Bonus Entry

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Contest ends August 31, 2017 at midnight PST.

One winner will be randomly selected and notified via Instagram PM or email on September 1, 2017. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

To learn more about the Get To Work Book, please see

Cool Job of the Week: Science Reporter

With today’s full (or partial, depending on your location) solar eclipse happening across the U.S., my pick for Cool Job of the Week is a no-brainer: Science Reporter!

If you turn on any TV station today, you’re going to see a science reporter in action. Today they’ll be focused on explaining how a solar eclipse happens, how to view one safely (don’t forget your eclipse glasses!), and where you can find the path of totality – the places across the country where the sun will be fully covered by the moon’s passage.

Photo credit: “Image of Solar Eclipse as seen by Hinode Satellite,” via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Even if you don’t have a TV, you can tune into NASA’s coverage of the eclipse at The folks presenting on NASA’s website are a mix of scientists and communications experts, all employed by NASA.

Want to know more about the life of a science reporter?

Check out the Columbia Journalism Review for a great article on David Perlman, a science reporter for the The San Francisco Chronicle who recently retired at the age of 98. He advises: “Be a reporter. It’s the best job in the world.”

Friday Fun: 9 to 5

Last week’s Friday Fun post featured “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which reminded me of another classic feminine empowerment song about work: Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit “9 to 5.”

This particular tune also accompanies a movie by the same name, which you can see snippets of in the video below. Once you’ve worked a few 9-to-5 jobs yourself, you’re sure to find yourself sympathizing with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly as a trio of long-suffering secretaries…